Roman Catholic Diocese of Basel

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Diocese of Basel
Dioecesis Basileensis
Bistum Basel
Solothurn St.-Ursen- Kathedrale.JPG
Solothurn Cathedral, the seat of the diocese
Location
Country Switzerland
Territory Aargau, Basel-Country, Basel-City, Berne, Jura, Lucerne, Schaffhausen, Solothurn, Thurgau, and Zug
Metropolitan Immediately Subject to the Holy See
Statistics
Area 12,585 km2 (4,859 sq mi)
Population
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2012)
3,096,000
1,094,000 (35.3%)
Parishes 520
Information
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Latin
Established 740
(As Diocese of Basel)
7 September 1888
(As Diocese of Diocese of Basel e Lugano)
8 March 1971
(As Diocese of Basel)
Cathedral St. Ursus Cathedral, Solothurn
Secular priests 675
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Felix Gmür
Auxiliary Bishops Denis Theurillat, Martin Gächter
Emeritus Bishops Hansjörg Vogel
Map
Map of the modern diocese of Basel within Switzerland
Map of the modern diocese of Basel within Switzerland
Website
Website of the Diocese

The Diocese of Basel (German: Bistum Basel; Latin: Dioecesis Basileensis) is a Roman Catholic diocese in Switzerland.

Historically, the bishops of Basel were also secular rulers of the Prince-Bishopric of Basel (German: Fürstbistum Basel).

The bishop of Basel has not resided in the city of Basel since 1528. Solothurn is the seat of the Bishop of Basel.

Today the diocese of Basel includes the Swiss cantons of Aargau, Basel-Country, Basel-City, Berne, Jura, Lucerne, Schaffhausen, Solothurn, Thurgau, and Zug.

Basel Minster, the Cathedral of the diocese prior to the reformation

Ordinaries[edit]

Haller House in Solothurn, residence of the Bishop of Basel.

For a list of bishops prior to 1583, see: List of Bishops of Basel

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