Apostolic Vicariate of Tripoli

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Apostolic Vicariate of Tripoli
Vicariatus Apostolicus Tripolitanus
Country Libya
Metropolitan Immediately subject to the Holy See
Area 1,150,000 km2 (440,000 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2004)
70,000 (1.6%)
Rite Latin Rite
Current leadership
Bishop George Bugeja

The Apostolic Vicariate of Tripoli (Latin: Vicariatus Apostolicus Tripolitanus) is a Roman Catholic apostolic vicariate (pre-diocesan Latin Rite missionary jurisdiction) in Tripolitania (northwestern, coastal Libya).

It is exempt, i.e. directly subject to the Holy See (not part of any ecclesiastical province) and depends on the missionary Roman Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.

Although still named after its see, it has no cathedral see anymore since Tripoli Cathedral was converted into a Muslim mosque.

Pro-cathedral of St. Francis in Tripoli

Currently the temporary cathedral is the pro-cathedral of St. Francis located in the city of Tripoli that simultaneously serves as a parish church.[1]



Tripoli Cathedral before conversion into a mosque

As per 2014, it pastorally served 50,000 Catholics (0.8% of 6,204,000 total) on 1,000,000 km² in one cathedral parish and 15 missions with 5 priests (1 diocesan, 4 religious), and 18 lay religious (6 brothers, 12 sisters).[3]


[4](all Roman Rite; so far European members of a missionary Latin order, notably the Friars Minor, O.F.M.)

Apostolic Prefects of Tripoli[edit]

Apostolic Vicars of Libya[edit]

Apostolic Vicar of Tripolitania[edit]

Apostolic Vicars of Tripoli[edit]


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