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In the first centuries of Christianity certain great Churches in the East administered districts in which a number of bishoprics were brought together under a central government. This was necessary for the uniform guidance of the Church which Rome was unable to effect under the conditions then prevailing. This development followed a parallel course both inside and outside of the Empire. The districts inside the Empire (Alexandria, Antioch, Constantinople, Jerusalem) were later called “patriarcha…

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Wilhelm de Vries, “Patriarchate”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 25 March 2018 <>
First published online: 2016

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