Roman Catholic Diocese of Tortosa

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Diocese of Tortosa
Dioecesis Dertosensis
Diócesis de Tortosa Spanish
Diòcesi de Tortosa Catalan
Catedral de Tortosa 01.jpg
Location
Country Spain
Ecclesiastical province Tarragona
Metropolitan Tarragona
Statistics
Area 6,450 km2 (2,490 sq mi)
Population
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2010)
292,662
260,449 (89%)
Information
Sui iuris church Latin Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established 4th Century
Cathedral Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Sorrow in Tortosa
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Enrique Benavent Vidal
Metropolitan Archbishop Jaume Pujol Balcells
Map
Municipis de la diòcesi de Tortosa.png
Website
Website of the Diocese
Zones of the diocese.
Territorial municipal divisions of the diocese
Territorial Archpriest divisions of the diocese

The Diocese of Tortosa is a Roman Catholic diocese in Catalonia and Valencian Country. It is a suffragan diocese of the Archdiocese of Tarragona.[1][2] Auxiliary Bishop Enrique Benavent Vidal of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Valencia in Valencia, Spain, Titular Bishop of Rotdon, was appointed Bishop-elect of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tortosa.[3][4]

History[edit]

The Diocese of Tortosa gives a certain foundation to an ancient historical region that, despite having no political representation, shares common historical, cultural and linguistic ties. This territory is known as Ilercavonia in academic and scientific circles.[5]

The territory of the historical Diocese of Tortosa was greatly reduced during General Franco's dictatorship, following the Concordat of 1953 between the Francoist regime and the Vatican. Under the pretext of adapting the dioceses to the civil provincial limits the Consistorial Congregation, bending to the wishes of the dictator,[6] broke up the traditional region of the Diocese of Tortosa:

Bishops of Tortosa since 1512[edit]

  • Juan de Enguera, O.P. † (1 Oct 1512 - 1513 )
  • Luis Mercader Escolano, O. Cart. † (20 May 1513 - 9 Jun 1516 )
  • Adriano de Florensz (Dedel) † (18 Aug 1516 - 9 Jan 1522)
  • William Enkewort † (11 Mar 1523 - 1 Oct 1529 )
  • Antonio Calcena, O.F.M. † (20 Jun 1537 - 1539 )
  • Jerónimo Requeséns † (5 May 1542 - 21 Nov 1548 )
  • Fernando de Loaces (Loazes), O.P. † (28 Apr 1553 - 26 Apr 1560 )
  • Martín de Córdoba Mendoza, O.P. † (17 Jul 1560 - 4 Jun 1574 )
  • Juan Izquierdo, O.P. † (7 Jun 1574 - 30 Sep 1585 )
  • Joan Terès i Borrull † (14 Apr 1586 - 17 Mar 1587 )
  • Juan Bautista Cardona † (18 Mar 1587 - 30 Dec 1589 )
  • Gaspar Punter † (6 Dec 1589 - 13 May 1600 )
  • Pedro Manrique, O.S.A. † (12 Feb 1601 - 8 Apr 1611 )
  • Isidoro Aliaga, O.P. † (13 Jun 1611 - 23 Mar 1612 )
  • Alfonso Márquez de Prado † (14 May 1612 - 18 Jul 1616 )
  • Luis Tena † (3 Aug 1616 Appointed - 26 Sep 1622 Died)
  • Agustín Spínola Basadone † (5 Mar 1623 - 7 Sep 1626 )
  • Justino Antolínez Burgos † (7 Jul 1627 - 9 Jul 1637 Died)
  • Giovanni Battista Visco, O.F.M. † (16 Jul 1640 - 6 Oct 1653 )
  • Gregorio Parcero de Castro, O.S.B. † (29 Nov 1655 - 17 Dec 1663 )
  • Silvestre García Escalona † (6 Feb 1702 - 13 Jun 1714 )
  • Juan Miguélez Mendaña † ( 1714 - 15 Dec 1717 )
  • Bartolomé Camacho Madueño † (4 Mar 1720 - 1 Apr 1757 )
  • Francisco Borrull Ramón † (26 Sep 1757 - 5 Aug 1768 )
  • Luis García Mañero † (19 Nov 1759 - 26 Nov 1764 )
  • Bernardo Velarde Velarde † (22 Apr 1765 - 1 Mar 1779 )
  • Pedro Cortez y Larraz † (13 Dec 1779 - 1786 )
  • Victoriano López Gonzalo † (24 Jul 1786 - 14 Dec 1789 )
  • Antonio José Salinas Moreno, O.F.M. † (29 Mar 1790 - 11 Jun 1814 )
  • Manuel Ros Medrano † (25 Sep 1814 Appointed - 23 Sep 1821 Died)
  • Víctor Damián Sáez y Sánchez Mayor † (17 Mar 1824 - 3 Feb 1839 )
  • Damián Gordo Sáez † (3 Jul 1848 - 24 Dec 1854 Died)
  • Gil Estévez y Tomás † (25 Sep 1857 - 19 Jul 1858 )
  • Miguel José Pratmans Llambés † (26 Sep 1859 - 1 Jan 1861 )
  • José Raimundo Benito Villamitjana Vila † (23 Dec 1861 - 28 Feb 1879 )
  • Francisco Aznar y Pueyo † (28 Feb 1879 - 29 Jun 1893 )
  • Pedro Rocamora y García † (21 May 1894 - 20 Jan 1925 )
  • Félix Bilbao y Ugarriza † (14 Dec 1925 - 18 Nov 1943 )
  • Manuel Moll y Salord † (18 Nov 1943 - 5 Oct 1968 )
  • Ricardo María Carles Gordó (6 Jun 1969 - 23 Mar 1990 )
  • Lluís Martínez Sistach (17 May 1991 - 20 Feb 1997 )
  • Javier Salinas Viñals (5 Sep 1997 - )
  • Enrique Benavent Vidal

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tortosa - Catholic Encyclopedia article
  2. ^ "Diocese of Tortosa". Catholic Hierarchy. 
  3. ^ http://www.bisbattortosa.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1555:mons-enrique-benavent-vidal-bisbe-electe-de-tortosa&catid=37:notes-dactualitat&Itemid=339
  4. ^ http://attualita.vatican.va/sala-stampa/bollettino/2013/05/17/news/31004.html
  5. ^ La Ilercavònia encara és viva
  6. ^ Stanley G. Payne, Franco's Spain, London 1968

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 40°48′49.39″N 0°31′17.61″E / 40.8137194°N 0.5215583°E / 40.8137194; 0.5215583