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Commune and town
Country  Algeria
Province Djelfa Province
Population (1998)
 • Total 5,879
Time zone CET (UTC+1)

Amourah is a town and Latin Catholic titular bishopric in Algeria.

The commune lies in Djelfa Province. According to the 1998 census it has a population of 5,879.[1]


It corresponds to ancient Amaura, a town in the Roman province of Mauretania Caesariensis, one of many suffragans of the Metropolitan of Caesarea Mauretaniae (modern Cherchell) which faded.

Its bishop, Urbanus, was one of the Catholic bishops whom the Arian Vandal king Huneric summoned in 484 to a conference in Carthage and then exiled.[2][3]

Titular bishopric[edit]

No longer a residential bishopric, Amaura is today listed by the Catholic Church as a titular see, [4] of the lowest (episcopal) rank.

Since the diocese was thus nominally restored in 1933, it has had the following non-consecutive incumbents :

  • Étienne-Auguste-Germain Loosdregt, Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate (O.M.I.) (1952.03.13 – death 1980.11.13), as Apostolic Vicar of Vientiane (Laos) (1952.03.13 – resigned 1975) and President of Episcopal Conference of Laos and Cambodia (1964 – retired 1978)
  • Norbert Werbs (1981.01.07 – ...), first as Auxiliary Bishop of North German Missions (Germany) (1981.01.07 – 1994.10.24), then Auxiliary Bishop emeritus of Hamburg (Germany) (1994.10.24 – retired 2015.05.20).


  1. ^ Statoids
  2. ^ Stefano Antonio Morcelli, Africa christiana, Volume I, Brescia 1816, p. 75
  3. ^ Auguste Audollent, v. Amaurensis, in Dictionnaire d'Histoire et de Géographie ecclésiastiques, vol. XII, Paris 1953, coll. 994-995
  4. ^ Annuario Pontificio 2013 (Libreria Editrice Vaticana 2013 ISBN 978-88-209-9070-1), p. 830

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Coordinates: 34°21′16″N 3°52′15″E / 34.35444°N 3.87083°E / 34.35444; 3.87083