di·​oc·​e·​san | \dī-ˈä-sə-sən also ˈdī-ə-ˌsē-sᵊn \

Definition of diocesan 

: a bishop having jurisdiction over a diocese

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At the same time, many churches have transferred their most precious artifacts to local diocesan museums, where security systems are generally more advanced. Elisabetta Povoledo, New York Times, "Hundreds of Italy’s Churches Were Robbed of Artworks. This One Was Recovered.," 22 Oct. 2017

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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