Apostolic Administration of Estonia

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Apostolic Administration of Estonia

Apostolica Administratio Estoniensis

Eesti Apostellik Administratuur
Cathedral of Tallinn
Country Estonia
MetropolitanImmediately subject to the Holy See
Area45,213 km2 (17,457 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2015)
6,500 (0.5%)
DenominationRoman Catholic
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteRoman Rite
Established1 November 1924
CathedralSt. Peter and St. Paul's Cathedral, Tallinn
Current leadership
Apostolic AdministratorPhilippe Jean-Charles Jourdan

The Apostolic Administration of Estonia is a Latin Church, territorial Catholic circonscription (ecclesiastical jurisdiction) that covers the entire country of Estonia.

It is an apostolic administration (quasi-diocesan jurisdiction) of the Latin Roman Catholic church in Estonia, hence is exempt (i.e. directly subject to the Holy See, not part of any ecclesiastical province) and has its cathedral episcopal see, the St. Peter and St. Paul's Cathedral, in the national capital Tallinn.

The post of apostolic administrator has often been held by titular archbishops, combining it with papal diplomatic posts in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.


In 1918, when Estonia gained independence, its citizens had complete freedom of religion. The Holy See recognized Estonia on 10 October 1921. The Apostolic Administration of Estonia was established on November 1, 1924,[1] on territory split off from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Riga (in the neighboring Baltic country Latvia).

The see remained vacant during most of the period when Estonia was occupied and annexed into the USSR after the death of Bishop Eduard Profittlich in 1942 because of the suppression of the Church by Soviet communist authorities.

Since 1992, after Estonia's post-communist independence, apostolic administrators are once again appointed. It enjoyed a papal visit in September 1993 from Pope John Paul II.

Apostolic Administrators of Estonia[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Apostolic Administration of Estonia", Catholic Hierarchy. Retrieved on 18 May 2014

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