Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Mérida

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Archdiocese of Mérida
Archidioecesis Emeritensis in Venetiola
Catedral de Mérida, Venezuela.jpg
Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception
Location
Country Venezuela
Statistics
Area 8,109 km2 (3,131 sq mi)
Population
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2004)
603,464
543,118 (90.0%)
Information
Rite Latin Rite
Established 16 February 1778 (236 years ago)
Cathedral Catedral Basílica Menor de la Inmaculada Concepción de Mérida
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Baltazar Enrique Porras Cardozo
Auxiliary Bishops Luis Alfonso Márquez Molina, C.I.M.

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Mérida (Latin: Archidioecesis Emeritensis in Venetiola) is an archdiocese located in the city of Mérida in Venezuela.

History[edit]

On 16 February 1778 Pope Pius VI established the Diocese of Mérida from the Diocese of Caracas and Metropolitan Archdiocese of Santafé en Nueva Granada in Colombia. Pope Pius IX elevated the diocese to an archdiocese on 11 June 11, 1923.

Special churches[edit]

  • Minor Basilicas:
    • Basílica de Santa Lucía, Timotes

Ordinaries[edit]

  • Juan Manuel Antonio Ramos Lora, O.F.M. † (23 Sep 1782 - 9 Nov 1790)
  • Cándido Manuel de Torrijos Riguerra, O.P. † (19 Dec 1791 - 20 Nov 1794)
  • Antonio Ramón de Espinosa y Lorenzo, O.P. † (18 Dec 1795 - 23 Sep 1800)
  • Santiago Hernández Milanés † (20 Jul 1801 - 26 Mar 1812)
  • Rafael Lasso de la Vega † (8 Mar 1816 - 15 Dec 1828) Appointed, Bishop of Quito
  • José Buenaventura Arias Bergara † (22 Dec 1828 - 21 Nov 1831)
  • José Vicente de Unda † (11 Jul 1836 - 19 Jul 1840)
  • Juan Hilario Bosset (Boset) † (27 Jan 1842 - 1873)
  • Thomas Zerpa † (29 Sep 1876 - )
  • Román Lovera † (20 Aug 1880 - 1892)
  • Antonio Ramón Silva † (21 May 1894 - 1 Aug 1927)
  • Acacio Chacón Guerra † (1 Aug 1927 - 15 Dec 1966)
  • José Rafael Pulido Méndez † (22 Nov 1966 - 30 Aug 1972)
  • Angel Pérez Cisneros † (30 Aug 1972 - 20 Aug 1979)
  • Miguel Antonio Salas Salas, C.I.M. † (20 Aug 1979 - 30 Oct 1991)
  • Baltazar Enrique Porras Cardozo (30 Oct 1991–present)

Suffragan dioceses[edit]

Sources[edit]

Coordinates: 8°35′50″N 71°08′38″W / 8.59722°N 71.14389°W / 8.59722; -71.14389