Roman Catholic Diocese of Erfurt

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Diocese of Erfurt
Dioecesis Erfordiensis
Bistum Erfurt
Erfurt cathedral and severi church.jpg
Country Germany
Territory Erfurt, Thuringia
Ecclesiastical province Paderborn
Metropolitan Archdiocese of Paderborn
Area 12,000 km2 (4,600 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2006)
163,938 (7.1%)
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Roman Rite
Established 27 June 1994
Cathedral Erfurt Cathedral
Patron saint St. Elisabeth of Thuringia
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop sede vacante (vacant see)
Metropolitan Archbishop Hans-Josef Becker
Archbishop of Paderborn
Auxiliary Bishops Reinhard Hauke
Emeritus Bishops Joachim Wanke
Karte Bistum Erfurt.png

The Diocese of Erfurt is a diocese of the Catholic church in Germany. The diocese was erected in 1973 as the apostolic administration of Erfurt-Meiningen, and was elevated in 1994 to the current diocese of Erfurt. The diocese is a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Paderborn.

The Diocese currently is a vacant see (sede vacante) with Pope Benedict XVI's acceptance of Bishop Joachim Wanke's resignation on Monday, October 1, 2012. Bishop Wanke had served as Bishop of Erfurt since 17 January 1981. [1]