Roman Catholicism in Serbia

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Map of Roman Catholic church organization in Serbia
  Belgrade Archbishopric - Green
  Subotica Bishopric - Yellow
  Zrenjanin Bishopric - Beige
  Syrmia Bishopric - Brown
  Prizren Bishopric - Violet

The Catholic Church in Serbia is part of the worldwide Catholic Church, under the spiritual leadership of the Pope in Rome. There are 356,957 Catholics in Serbia according to the 2011 census, which is roughly 5% of the population.[1] Roman Catholics are mostly concentrated in several municipalities in northern Vojvodina.

Within Serbia, the Latin Rite Catholic hierarchy consists of:

  • Archdiocese
    • Diocese

The Diocese of Syrmia is a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Đakovo-Osijek in Croatia. Kosovo is a disputed territory that unilaterally declared independence from Serbia in 2008; since 2000 it is under the Apostolic Administration of Prizren,[6] which also covers some Albanian-populated parts of southern Serbia.

In addition, the Apostolic Exarchate of Serbia and Montenegro was established in 2002 for Eastern Catholic Christians of the Byzantine Rite.[7]

Roman Catholics in Serbia (excluding Kosovo)
census 1921[8] census 1991 census 2002 census 2011
Number  % Number  % Number  % Number  %
Roman Catholics 751,429 17.16 496,226 6.4 410,976 5.48 356,957 4.97

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ See: Demographics of Serbia
  2. ^ Official site (Serbo-Croatian)
  3. ^ Official site (Serbo-Croatian)
  4. ^ Official site
  5. ^ Official site (Serbo-Croatian)
  6. ^ INTERNATIONAL BISHOPS' CONFERENCE OF ST. CYRIL AND METHODIUS: APOSTOLIC ADMINISTRATION OF PRIZREN
  7. ^ INTERNATIONAL BISHOPS' CONFERENCE OF ST. CYRIL AND METHODIUS: APOSTOLIC EXARCHATE OF SERBIA AND MONTENEGRO (BYZANTINE)
  8. ^ http://www.rastko.rs/istorija/srbi-balkan/sradovanovic-demography.html