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BISHOP. An ecclesiastical officer, who is the chief of the clergy of his diocese, and is the archbishop's assistant. Happily for this country, these officers are not recognized by law. They derive all their authority from the churches over which they preside. Bishop's COURT, Eng. law. An ecclesiastical court held in the cathedral of each diocese, the judge of which is the bishop's chancellor.

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Bishop Bird actually sees resources where others see scarcity.
Following meetings with fellow Anglican bishops from around the globe, Bishop Bird visited the Bernardo Children's Charity, an organization that ran orphanages across the U.K.
But he said that Bishop Bird had informed the Canadian house of bishops of his plan when it met last October.
In a letter to his diocese published in the March issue of the diocesan newspaper, Niagara Anglican, Bishop Bird said one of the "powerful moments" during his 50-minute meeting with Archbishop Williams was a discussion on the New Vision developed by the diocese.