Roman Catholicism in Armenia

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The Catholic Church in Armenia is part of the worldwide Catholic Church, under the spiritual leadership of the Pope in Rome. There are around 110,000 Catholics in Armenia, representing about 4% of the total population.

Territorial jurisdictions and Dioceses[edit]

There are two territorial jurisdictions in the country - an Apostolic Administration for those of the Latin Rite and an ordinariate for the faithful of eastern rite for those of the Armenian Rite. The latter covers other Catholics in Eastern Europe of the Armenian rite.

Within the Armenian community[edit]

The Catholics have always lived somewhat separate from the Armenian Apostolic communities, and intermarriage is not very common. Some of the Apostolics refer to the Armenian Catholics as "Franks," which derives from the influence of French Catholic missionaries in the region.[1]

The Shirak Province is the traditional home of Armenian Catholics. In the province Catholics live in 7 villages including: Arevik, Panik, Lanjik, Azatan, Dzithankov, Mets Sepasar, Ashotsk. In the Lori Province Catholics live in 6 localities: Tashir, Katnarat, Katnaghbyur, Petrovka, Saratovka, Blagodarnoye.

The few Poles left in Armenia along with some new immigrants who are Roman Catholics (Latin Rite) live in Yerevan.

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References and footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "A New Start for Armenia’s Catholics". National Statistical Institute. 2006. Retrieved 2006-09-03.