Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Athens
|Archdiocese of Athens
Ιερά Αρχιεπισκοπή Καθολικών Αθηνών
|Metropolitan||Immediately Subject to the Holy See|
|Area||46,775 km2 (18,060 sq mi)|
|(as of 2006)
|Established||23 July 1875|
|Cathedral||Καθεδρικός Ναός Αγ. Διονυσίου Αρεοπαγίτου των Καθολικών
(Cathedral Basilica of St. Dionysius the Areopagite)
|Metropolitan Archbishop||Nikolaos Foskolos|
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Athens (Latin: Archidioecesis Atheniensis or Athenarum) is an archdiocese of the Catholic Church located in the city of Athens in Greece. The seat is the neoclassic Cathedral Basilica of St. Dionysius the Areopagite.
In 1205, the city was captured by the Crusaders, who had conquered Constantinople and dissolved the Byzantine Empire the year before. The city's incumbent Greek Orthodox bishop, Michael Choniates, retired to the island of Ceos, and a Roman Catholic archbishop was installed in his place, with the French cleric Berard being elected to the post in 1206. As the premier see of Central Greece, Athens had several suffragans: Negroponte, Thermopylae, Davleia, Aulon, Oreoi, Karystos, Koroneia, Megara, Ceos, Andros and Skyros.
With the conquest of the Duchy of Athens by the Ottomans in 1456, the last Latin Archbishop, Nicholas Protimo, fled to Venetian-held Euboea, where he died in 1482. The Catholic see remained vacant thereafter, while the Ottomans allowed the Orthodox bishops of Athens, who had been continued to be appointed as titular holders during the period of Latin rule, to resume residence in the city.
On 23 July 1875, the see was restored as the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Athens, ministering to the Roman Catholic inhabitants of the Greek capital and most of mainland Greece.
- Archbishop Nikolaos Foskolos (since 1973.06.25)
- Archbishop Venediktos Printesis (1959.05.15 – 1972.11.17)
- Archbishop Marios Makrionitis, S.J. (1953.03.11 – 1959.04.08)
- Archbishop Markos Sigalas (1947.05.29 – 1950.03.10)
- Archbishop Giovanni Battista Filippucci (1927.02.24 – 1947.05.29)
- Archbishop Louis Petit (1912.03.04 – 1926.06.24)
- Archbishop Antonio Delenda (1900.08.20 – 1911.08)
- Archbishop Ioannis Marangos (1875.07.23 – 1900?)
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