Roman Catholic Diocese of Satu Mare

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Diocese of Satu Mare
Dioecesis Satmariensis
Dieceza Satu Mare
RO SM Satu Mare Roman Catholic cathedral.jpg
The Cathedral of the Diocese in Satu Mare
Location
Country Romania
Ecclesiastical province Bucharest
Metropolitan Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Bucharest
Statistics
Area 10,725 km2 (4,141 sq mi)
Population
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2010)
879,000
63,450 (7.2%)
Information
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Roman Rite
Established 18 October 1982
Cathedral Satu Mare Roman Catholic Cathedral
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Jenő Schönberger
Metropolitan Archbishop Ioan Robu
Website
Website of the Diocese

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Satu Mare, Romania (Hungarian: Szatmári Római Katolikus Püspökség) was established on 23 March 1804 by Francis I, King of Hungary, an act recognised by Pope Pius VII that 9 August. At the time, the diocese was part of the Kingdom of Hungary and covered a larger territory, including land in present-day Hungary and Slovakia as well as Romania. It was constituted in its present form on 18 October 1982, when the Communist regime split it from the Oradea Mare Diocese.

The diocese has 48 parishes with 90,000 adherents. It covers the counties of Satu Mare and Maramureş, of which 8.2% are Roman Catholic, with concentrations in Satu Mare County along the Hungarian border. Its adherents are predominantly Hungarians, with a small number of Zipser Germans. It is subordinate to the Bucharest Archdiocese. Its bishop since 2003 has been Jenő Schönberger.

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