Conference of bishops

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The nature of episcopal conferences, and their Apostolos suos which stated that conferences of bishops do not participate in the teaching authority of the college of bishops although individual bishops do as they are members of the college of bishops which maintains unity with and under the Bishop of Rome, that is, the Pope. Consequently, a conference of bishops cannot make doctrinal declarations unless it receives two-thirds approval of the individual bishops of the conference and receives the subsequent recognitio, that is, recognition of approval, of the Holy See. Thus, while a conference of bishops can assist the individual bishops of the conference it cannot substitute for the authority which they individually possess.

Episcopal conferences are generally defined by geographic borders, with all the bishops in a given country belonging to the same conference — which might also include neighboring countries. Certain tasks and authority are assigned to episcopal conferences, particularly with regard to setting the liturgical norms for the Mass. Episcopal conferences receive their authority under universal law or particular mandates. In certain circumstances, as defined by canon law, the decisions of an episcopal conference are subject to ratification from the Holy See. Individual bishops do not relinquish their authority to the conference, and remain responsible for the governance of their respective diocese.

Episcopal Conferences

This list is based on that found in the Annuario Pontifico per l'anno 2010 (Città di Vaticano: Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 2010).


  • Episcopal Conference of Angola and São Tomé
  • Episcopal Conference of Benin
  • Conference of Bishops of Burkina Faso and of Niger
  • Conference of Catholic Bishops of Burundi
  • National Episcopal Conference of Cameroon
  • Central African Episcopal Conference
  • Episcopal Conference of Chad
  • Episcopal Conference of the Congo
  • Episcopal Conference of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Episcopal Conference of the Côte d'Ivoire
  • Assembly of Catholic Hierarchs of Ethiopia and Eritrea
  • Episcopal Conference of Gabon
  • Inter-territorial Catholic Bishops' Conference of The Gambia and Sierra Leone
  • Ghana Bishops' Conference
  • Episcopal Conference of Guinea
  • Episcopal Conference of Equatorial Guinea
  • Kenyan Episcopal Conference
  • Lesotho Catholic Bishops' Conference
  • Catholic Bishops' Conference of Liberia
  • Episcopal Conference of Madagascar
  • Episcopal Conference of Malawi
  • Episcopal Conference of Mali
  • Episcopal Conference of Mozambique
  • Namibian Catholic Bishops' Conference
  • Catholic Bishops' Conference of Nigeriasee Roman Catholicism in Nigeria#Episcopal conference
  • Regional Episcopal Conference of North Africa
  • Conference of Catholic Bishops of Rwanda
  • Conference of Bishops of Senegal, Mauritania, Cape Verde, and Guinea Bissau
  • Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference (SACBC)[3]
  • Sudan Catholic Bishops' Conference
  • Tanzania Episcopal Conference
  • Episcopal Conference of Togo
  • Uganda Episcopal Conference
  • Zambia Episcopal Conference
  • Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops' Conference


  • Conference of the Latin Bishops of the Arab Regions
  • Catholic Bishops' Conference of Bangladesh
  • Chinese Catholic Bishops Conference
  • Catholic Bishops' Conference of India (CBCI)
  • Episcopal Conference of the Indian Ocean
  • Bishops' Conference of Indonesia
  • Catholic Bishops' Conference of Japan
  • Conference of Catholic Bishops of Kazakhstan
  • Catholic Bishops' Conference of Korea
  • Episcopal Conference of Laos and Cambodia
  • Bishops' Conference of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei
  • Catholic Bishops' Conference of Myanmar
  • Catholic Bishops' Conference of Pakistan
  • Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines
  • Catholic Bishops' Conference of Thailand[1]
  • Catholic Bishops Conference of Sri Lanka
  • Episcopal Conference of Vietnam[2]



  • Australian Catholic Bishops Conference
  • New Zealand Catholic Bishops' Conference
  • Episcopal Conference of the Pacific (C.E. PAC.)[5]
  • Catholic Bishops' Conference of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands

North America

South America

  • Argentine Episcopal Conference (CEA)
  • Bolivian Episcopal Conference
  • National Conference of Bishops of Brazil (CNBB)
  • Episcopal Conference of Chile (CECh)
  • Episcopal Conference of Colombia
  • Ecuadorian Episcopal Conference
  • Paraguayan Episcopal Conference
  • Peruvian Episcopal Conference
  • Episcopal Conference of Uruguay
  • Venezuelan Episcopal Conference

Similar bodies

In addition to the episcopal conferences as defined by the Holy See, there are a number of other regional groupings of bishops:[7]

  • Synods of Bishops of the Patriarchal and Major Archiepiscopal Churches and Assemblies of Hierarchs of Churches Sui Iuris
    • Synod of the Armenian Catholic Church
    • Synod of the Chaldean Church
    • Synod of the Catholic Coptic Church
    • Synod of the Greek-Catholic Ukrainian Church
    • Synod of the Greek-Melkite Catholic Church
    • Synod of the Romanian Church
    • Synod of the Syrian Catholic Church
    • Synod of the Syro-Malabarese Church
    • Synod of the Syro-Malankarese Church
    • Council of the Ethiopian Church
    • Council of the Ruthenian Church, U.S.A.
    • Council of the Slovakian Church
    • Assembly of the Catholic Hierarchy of Egypt
    • Assembly of the Catholic Bishops of Iraq
    • Assembly of the Patriarchs and Bishops of Lebanon
    • Assembly of the Catholic Hierarchs of Syria
    • Assembly of the Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land
    • Iranian Episcopal Conference
  • International Reunions of Episcopal Conferences
    • Council of Catholic Patriarchs of the East
    • Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar
    • Regional Episcopal Conference of Francophone West Africa
    • Association of Episcopal Conferences of Central Africa
    • Association of Episcopal Conferences of the Region of Central Africa
    • Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa
    • Inter-Regional Meeting of Bishops of Southern Africa
    • Association of the Episcopal Conferences of Western Africa
    • Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences
    • Federation of Catholic Bishops' Conferences of Oceania
    • Council of European Bishops' Conferences (CCEE)
    • Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Community (COMECE)
    • Latin American Episcopal Council (CELAM)
    • Episcopal Secretariate of Central America and Panama

See also

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Further reading

  • Sullivan, Francis. "The Teaching Authority of Episcopal Conferences", Theological Studies, v. 63, 2002, pp. 472–493.

External links

  • List of all episcopal conferences by Giga-Catholic Information
  • The Hierarchy of the Catholic Church by David M. Cheney
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