Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Marseille

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Archdiocese of Marseille
Archidioecesis Massiliensis
Archidiocèse de Marseille
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Country France
Ecclesiastical province Marseille
Area 650 km2 (250 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2013)
715,000 (68.2%)
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Roman Rite
Established 1st Century
Cathedral Cathedral Basilica of St Mary Major in Marseille
Patron saint St Lazarus of Bethany
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Metropolitan Archbishop Georges Pontier
Auxiliary Bishops Jean-Marc Noël Aveline
Emeritus Bishops Bernard Panafieu Cardinal Archbishop Emeritus (1995-2006)
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Website of the Archdiocese

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Marseille, is a metropolitan archdiocese of the Latin Rite of the Roman Catholic church in France. The Archepiscopal see is in the city of Marseille, and the diocese comprises the arrondissement of Marseille, a subdivision of the department of Bouches-du-Rhône in the Region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur.

Erected in the 1st century, the diocese was raised to the level of an Archdiocese on 31 January 1948 by Pope Pius XII. The suffragans of the archdiocese are: the Archdiocese of Aix, the Diocese of Ajaccio, the Archdiocese of Avignon, the Diocese of Digne, the Diocese of Fréjus-Toulon, the Diocese of Gap, the Diocese of Nice.

Bishops of Marseille to 1861[edit]

Bishops and Archbishops of Marseille since 1861[edit]


  1. ^ Saint-Cannat Official website: Origins of the Bishops of Marseille
  2. ^ Christophe de Villeneuve-Bargemon, Statistique du département des Bouches-du-Rhône, Ricard, 1824, p. 951 [1]
  3. ^ Henri François Xavier de Belsunce de Castelmoron, L'antiquité de l'Église de Marseille, et la succession de ses évêques, Ve. J.P. Brebion, 1747, pp. 201-206 [2]

Coordinates: 43°17′12″N 5°22′12″E / 43.28667°N 5.37000°E / 43.28667; 5.37000