Roman Catholic Diocese of Beja

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Diocese of Beja
Dioecesis Beiensis
Diocese de Beja
Beja.cathedral.jpg
The Cathedral of St James the Greater in Beja
Location
Country Portugal
Ecclesiastical province Evora
Metropolitan Archdiocese of Evora
Statistics
Area 12,300 km2 (4,700 sq mi)
Population
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2012)
223,200
186,100 (83.4%)
Parishes 119
Information
Denomination Roman Catholic
Sui iuris church Latin Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established 10 July 1770
Cathedral The Cathedral of St James the Greater in Beja
Patron saint Saint Joseph
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop António Vitalino Fernandes Dantas
Metropolitan Archbishop José Francisco Sanches Alves
Coadjutor Rev. Canon José Marcos dos Santos (Coadjutor Bishop-elect)[1]
Map
Dioceses de Portugal.PNG
Website
Website of the Diocese

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Beja (Latin: Dioecesis Beiensis) is a suffragan of the archdiocese of Évora.[2]

History[edit]

Beja lies on the site of Pax Julia, or Paca, of the Romans, and is still surrounded by remains of old Roman walls, partly restored. The diocese was created 10 June, 1770. Beja was taken from its Islamic rulers in 1162 by Afonso I of Portugal. Beja Cathedral is an old temple, much modernized, of uncertain date.[3]

The chronicler Isidorus Pacensis, of the eighth century, was traditionally said to have been bishop of Beja; but this is now disputed.[4]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ http://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/pubblico/2014/10/10/0741/01594.html
  2. ^ Catholic Hierarchy page
  3. ^ Catholic Encyclopedia article
  4. ^ S. M. Imamuddin, Muslim Spain 711-1492 A.D.: A Sociological Study (1981), p. 19.

External links[edit]

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainHerbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). Catholic Encyclopedia. Robert Appleton Company.