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n. Eastern Orthodox Church
A bishop or metropolitan.

[Medieval Greek eparkhos, from Greek, governor, ruler, from eparkhein, to rule over : ep-, epi-, epi- + arkhein, to rule.]
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1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a bishop or metropolitan in charge of an eparchy (sense 1)
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a government official in charge of an eparchy (senses 2 or 3)
[C17: from Greek eparkhos, from epi- over, on + -arch]
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Noun1.eparch - a bishop or metropolitan in charge of an eparchy in the Eastern Church
bishop - a senior member of the Christian clergy having spiritual and administrative authority; appointed in Christian churches to oversee priests or ministers; considered in some churches to be successors of the twelve Apostles of Christ
2.eparch - the governor or prefect of an eparchy in ancient Greece
governor - the head of a state government
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The new measure, comprising five short articles, allows "the competent congregation of the Roman Curia" to begin investigations of local bishops, eparchs, or heads of religious communities when the congregation suspects a leader's negligence has caused "physical, moral, spiritual or patrimonial" harm.
The Ontario Conference was headed by Bishop Richard Smith of Pembroke, who delivered the address to the Pope on September 1 on behalf of all of Ontario's bishops and eparchs. He described Ontario's society "as increasingly secular," which--like the Atlantic bishops--he attributed "in no small way to powerful media influence." He continued: "Many people have lost the sense of the transcendent mystery and inalienable worth of each human life.
As with the 1973 norms, these were sent out to the bishops and eparchs, but not published in the AAS.