Roman Catholic Diocese of Speyer
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|Diocese of Speyer
|Area||6,025 km2 (2,326 sq mi)|
|(as of 2010)
|Patron saint||Mary, Mother of God|
Bishop of Speyer
|Metropolitan Archbishop||Ludwig Schick
Archbishop of Bamberg
|Auxiliary Bishops||Otto Georgens|
|Emeritus Bishops||Anton Schlembach|
The Diocese of Speyer (lat. Dioecesis Spirensis) is a diocese of the Catholic Church in Germany. The diocese is located in the South of the Rhineland-Palatinate and comprises also the Saarpfalz district in the east of the Saarland. The bishop's see is in the Palatinate city of Speyer.
As of 31 December 2006, 44.5% of the population of the diocese was Catholic.
In a slightly different hierarchic structure it is one of the oldest Dioceses in Germany. A bishop of Speyer was first mentioned in a document in 346. Through grants by the Holy Roman Emperor, the prince-bishops of Speyer established themselves as worldly as well as spiritual rulers. The Diocese of Speyer in its current form was established within the borders of the former Royal Bavarian Rheinkreis (bayrischer Rheinkreis) in 1817 after the secularization and division of the former bishopric in 1803.
The diocese is directed by bishop Karl-Heinz Wiesemann.
The diocese is structured in the following deaneries, with borders that are almost the same as the local county borders:
|Deanery||City / County||Dean|
|Bad Dürkheim||Stadt Neustadt, Landkreis Bad Dürkheim||Priest Michael Janson, Hassloch|
|Donnersberg||Donnersbergkreis||Priest Thomas Brenner, Gerbach|
|Germersheim||Landkreis Germersheim||Priest Monsignore Felix Hirsch, Bellheim|
|Kaiserslautern||Stadt Kaiserslautern, Kaiserslautern (district)||Priest Ewald Sonntag, Kaiserslautern-Erfenbach|
|Kusel||Kusel (district)||Priest Rudolf Schlenkrich, Kusel|
|Landau||Stadt Landau, Landkreis Südliche Weinstraße||Priest Klaus Ambrust, Landau|
|Ludwigshafen||Stadt Ludwigshafen, Stadt Frankenthal, Northern part of Rhein-Pfalz-Kreis||Priest Dr. Gerd Babelotzky, Ludwigshafen-Friesenheim|
|Pirmasens||Stadt Pirmasens, Stadt Zweibrücken, Landkreis Südwestpfalz||Priest Rudolf Banzer, Pirmasens|
|Saarpfalz||Saarpfalz district||Priest Karl Josef Lindemann, St. Ingbert|
|Speyer||Stadt Speyer, Southern part of Rhein-Pfalz-Kreis||Priest Peter Nirmaier, Schifferstadt|
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