Roman Catholic Diocese of Saltillo
|Diocese of Saltillo
Diócesis de Saltillo
Catedral de Santiago
|Ecclesiastical province||Province of Monterrey|
|Metropolitan||Piedras Negras, Coahuila|
|Area||21,864 sq mi (56,630 km2)|
|(as of 2004)
|Established||23 June 1891 (123 years ago)|
|Cathedral||Cathedral of St. James|
|Bishop||José Raúl Vera López, O.P.|
|Metropolitan Archbishop||Rogelio Cabrera López|
The Franciscan Father Andres de Leon was one of the first missionaries in this territory in the sixteenth century. In 1827 the name of Saltillo was changed to Ciudad Leona Vicario, in honor of the Mexican heroine of that name, but the original name always prevailed. The Franciscan Fathers of the Province of Jalisco had eight missions in Coahuila, which, in 1777, formed part of the See of Linares, or Monterey, and belonged to it until 1891, when Pope Leo XIII erected the See of Saltillo with jurisdiction over the entire State of Coahuila.
According to the Catholic News Agency (CNA), Bishop Raul Vera Lopez of Saltillo, Mexico will meet with Cardinal Marc Ouellet, the Cardinal Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops in the Vatican's Roman Curia, "to discuss Bishop Vera's support for the San Elredo Community, an organization that embraces homosexuality." The San Elredo Community has become a separate organization apart from the Diocese of Saltillo.
- Santiago de los Santos Garza Zambrano (1893–1898)
- José María de Jesús Portugal y Serratos, O.F.M. (1898–1902)
- Jesús María Echavarría y Aguirre (1904–1954)
- Luis Guízar y Barragán (1954–1975)
- Francisco Raúl Villalobos Padilla (1975–1999) - Bishop Emeritus
- José Raúl Vera López, O.P. (1999 - )
|19 June 1957||to form the Diocese of Torreón|
|8 January 2003||to form the Diocese of Piedras Negras|
- "Diocese of Saltillo". Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved 2007-02-07.
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