Miguel de Poblete Casasola, Archbishop of Manila (1649–1667)
Blessed Hemming of Turku, Archbishop of Turku (1338–1366)
Archbishop Christodoulos of Athens and All Greece (1998–2008)

Archbishop is a bishop of higher rank or office.

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Church of Sweden

Evangelical Lutheran national church in Sweden.

Arms of the Church of Sweden with its centered crown, representing both the victory of Christ over death and the crown of Erik the Holy, Patron Saint of Sweden.
Uppsala, with its large cathedral, remains the seat of the Church of Sweden.
Preparing for the celebration of mass in Strängnäs Cathedral, Church of Sweden
Coat of arms of the Church of Sweden
Coat of arms of the Archdiocese of Uppsala
Sung Mass with the ordinations of two deacons and seven priests by the Bishop of Stockholm, in St Nicholas's Cathedral (Storkyrkan)
Map of Swedish dioceses
Antje Jackelén, Archbishop of Uppsala (centre), with Johan Dalman, Bishop of Strängnäs (left), and Mikael Mogren, Bishop of Västerås (right)

The Primate of the Church of Sweden, as well as the Metropolitan of all Sweden, is the Archbishop of Uppsala — currently Antje Jackelén, Sweden's first female archbishop.


Ecclesiastical district under the jurisdiction of a bishop.

Like other dioceses, the Diocese of Rome has a cathedra, the official seat of the Bishop of Rome.
Dioceses of the Roman Empire, AD 400
Coat of arms of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Las Vegas
St Patrick's Cathedral, the seat of the Anglican Diocese of Armagh in the Church of Ireland

Dioceses ruled by an archbishop are commonly referred to as archdioceses; most are metropolitan sees, being placed at the head of an ecclesiastical province.


Ecclesiastical diplomat, serving as an envoy or a permanent diplomatic representative of the Holy See to a state or to an international organization.

Archbishop Karl-Josef Rauber, former nuncio to Belgium and Luxembourg

In modern times, a nuncio is usually an archbishop.

Diocesan bishop

A 6th-century image of Saint Augustine, bishop of Hippo Regius.

A diocesan bishop, within various Christian traditions, is a bishop or archbishop in pastoral charge of a diocese or archdiocese.

Metropolitan bishop

Petro Mohyla, Moldavian noble, Eastern Orthodox theologian, Metropolitan of Kyiv, Halych and All Rus'
Heraldic elements of a coat of arms of a Roman Catholic metropolitan archbishop (without the arms)
Metropolitan Vladimir of Saint Petersburg wearing the light blue mandyas of a Russian Orthodox metropolitan.

In Christian churches with episcopal polity, the rank of metropolitan bishop, or simply metropolitan (alternative obsolete form: metropolite ), pertains to the diocesan bishop or archbishop of a metropolis.

Synods of Antioch

Beginning with three synods convened between 264 and 269 in the matter of Paul of Samosata, more than thirty councils were held in Antioch in ancient times.

Diocesan synod in Kraków in 1643 presided by Bishop Piotr Gembicki

Ecclesiastical power is vested chiefly in the metropolitan (later called archbishop), and the biannual provincial synod (see Nicaea I, canon 5.), which he summons and over which he presides.

Ecclesiastical province

One of the basic forms of jurisdiction in Christian Churches with traditional hierarchical structure, including Western Christianity and Eastern Christianity.

An Eastern Christian icon depicting Emperor Constantine and the Fathers of the First Council of Nicaea (325) as holding the Niceno–Constantinopolitan Creed of 381.

In general, an ecclesiastical province consists of several dioceses (or eparchies), one of them being the archdiocese (or archeparchy), headed by a metropolitan bishop or archbishop who has ecclesiastical jurisdiction over all other bishops of the province.

Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne

Latin Rite metropolitan archdiocese in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

St Patrick's Cathedral, Melbourne

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Bulgarian Orthodox Church

Autocephalous Orthodox jurisdiction.

St. George Rotunda Church (4th century AD), Sofia
Saint Sofia Basilica Church (4th–6th century), Sofia
Saint Sophia Basilica Church (5th–6th century), Nesebar
Ceramic icon of St. Theodor, Preslav, ca. 900 AD, National Archaeological Museum, Sofia
Tsar Ivan Alexander (1331-1371), an illustration from the Four Gospels of Tsar Ivan Alexander (the London Gospel), ca. 1356, the British Library
St. George, the Newmartyr of Sofia, icon from the 19th century
A 17th-century church in Arbanasi.
Map of the Bulgarian Exarchate (1870–1913).
Sofia's patriarchal cathedral, St. Alexander Nevsky
Maxim, the late Patriarch of Bulgaria and Metropolitan of Sofia.
Bulgarian Orthodox priest
Synodal Palace, Sofia
Eparchies of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church in Bulgaria

Finally in 1203 the latter proclaimed the Tarnovo Archbishop Vassily "Primate and Archbishop of all Bulgaria and Walachia."


Ordained clergy member who is entrusted with a position of authority and oversight in a religious institution.

A 6th-century image of Saint Augustine, bishop of Hippo Regius.
Ignatius, bishop of Antioch, student of John the Apostle
A bishop with other officials on an 11th-century grave in Sweden.
Johann Otto von Gemmingen, Prince-Bishop of Augsburg
A mitre is used as a symbol of the bishop's ministry in Western Christianity.
One form for the coat of arms of a Catholic bishop
A bishop administering Confirmation. Rogier van der Weyden, The Seven Sacraments, 15th century.
In the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church the administration of Confirmation is normally reserved to the local bishop.
Danish Lutheran bishops wearing a cope over cassock, surplice, ruff and pectoral cross.
The consecrated bishop is the only minister of Holy Orders. Photo of pre-Vatican II ceremony.
Katharine Jefferts Schori, The 26th presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church (United States)
Mikael Agricola (1510–1557), a Finnish Lutheran clergyman and the Bishop of Turku
United Methodist Episcopal Shield
Francis Asbury's ordination as bishop by Thomas Coke at the 1784 Christmas Conference.
Eastern Rite Catholic bishops celebrating Divine Liturgy in their proper pontifical vestments
An Anglican bishop with a crosier, wearing a rochet under a red chimere and cuffs, a black tippet, and a pectoral cross
An Episcopal bishop immediately before presiding at the Great Vigil of Easter in the narthex of St. Michael's Episcopal Cathedral in Boise, Idaho.
Catholic bishop dressed for the Sacrifice of the Mass. No Pontifical gloves.

Archbishop: An archbishop is the bishop of an archdiocese. This is usually a prestigious diocese with an important place in local church history. In the Catholic Church, the title is purely honorific and carries no extra jurisdiction, though most archbishops are also metropolitan bishops, as above, and are always awarded a pallium. In most provinces of the Anglican Communion, however, an archbishop has metropolitical and primatial power.