Apostolic Exarchate in the Czech Republic

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Apostolic Exarchate of Czech Republic
Reipublicae Cechae
Apoštolský exarchát v České republice
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Coat of arms
Country Czech Republic
Metropolitan Immediately Subject to the Holy See
- Catholics
(as of 178,150)
Denomination Ruthenian Catholic Church
Rite Byzantine Rite
Established 18 January 1996
Cathedral Cathedral of St Clement in Prague
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Ladislav Hučko
Emeritus Bishops Ján Eugen Kočiš Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus
Website of the Apostolic Exarchate

Apostolic Exarchate in the Czech Republic is a Catholic institution overseeing the Catholics of Byzantine Rite living in the Czech Republic.

Pope John Paul II proclaimed a new Apostolic Exarchate for Catholics of Byzantine Rite in the Czech Republic under the rules of the Apostolic See on March 13, 1996.

The Apostolic Exarchate provides a legal organisation for Catholics of Byzantine Rite living in the Czech Republic. The head of the church is a bishop, who has the same rights as a diocesan bishop. An exarchate is the initial stage of an eparchy (the equivalent of a diocese in the Latin rite). It is governed by the Apostolic See, and established by the Vatican Congregation for Eastern Churches, which is acting on behalf of the Pope.

According to the 2011 census there were 9,927 Byzantine Catholics in the Czech Republic.[1]

Apostolic Exarchs[edit]

The following is a list of the hierarchs of the Apostolic Exarchate and their terms of service:

  • 1. Ivan Ljavinec, Titular Bishop of Acalissus (January 18, 1996 - April 23, 2003)
  • 2. Ladislav Hučko, Titular Bishop of Horæa (April 24, 2003 - )
    • Ján Eugen Kočiš, Auxiliary, Titular Bishop of Abrittum (April 24, 2004 - October 7, 2006)


  1. ^ Obyvatelstvo podle náboženské víry podle krajů - podrobné údaje - population according to religious faith according to regions

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