Ruthenian Catholic Apostolic Exarchate of Czech Republic

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Apostolic Exarchate of Czech Republic
Reipublicae Cechae
Apoštolský exarchát v České republice
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Coat of arms
Country Czech Republic
Metropolitan Immediately Subject to the Holy See
- Catholics
(as of 2013)
Sui iuris church Ruthenian Catholic Church
Rite Byzantine Rite
Established 18 January 1996
Cathedral Cathedral of St Clement in Prague
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Ladislav Hučko
Emeritus Bishops Ján Eugen Kočiš Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus
of the Apostolic Exarchate

The Ruthenian (Greek) Catholic) Apostolic Exarchate of Czech Republic, also known as the Apostolic Exarchate in the Czech Republic, is an Eastern Catholic institution overseeing the Catholics of the Ruthenian Catholic Church. It uses the localized Byzantine Rite in Archaic Slavonic language and is based in the Czech Republic.

Its cathedral episcopal see is Katedrála sv. Klimenta in the Czech national capital Prague.


On March 13, 1996, Pope John Paul II proclaimed a new Apostolic Exarchate (exempt pre-diocese) for Eastern Catholics of Byzantine Rite in the Czech Republic under the rules of the Apostolic See. The church was built on territory previously covered for the Byzantine Rite by the Slovak Catholic Metropolitanate sui juris of Prešov.

The Apostolic Exarchate provides a legal organization for Catholics of the Ruthenian Church living in the Czech Republic. The head of the church is a bishop, who has the same rights as a diocesan bishop. An exarchate is the initial stage of an eparchy (the equivalent of a diocese in the Latin rites), which is exempt, i.e. not part of any ecclesiastical province but directly subject to the Holy See. It is supervised by the Roman Congregation for the Eastern Churches, a Roman Curia dicastery acting on behalf of the Pope.


According to the 2011 census there were 9,927 Byzantine Catholics in the Czech Republic.[1]

Apostolic Exarchs[edit]

The following is a list of the hierarchs of the Apostolic Exarchate and their terms of service :


  1. ^ Obyvatelstvo podle náboženské víry podle krajů - podrobné údaje - population according to religious faith according to regions

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