Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Rosario
|Archdiocese of Rosario
Arquidiócesis de Rosario
Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary
|Area||13,500 km2 (5,200 sq mi)|
|(as of 2010)
|Established||20 April 1934 (83 years ago)|
|Cathedral||Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary|
|Patron saint||Our Lady of the Rosary|
|Archbishop||Eduardo Eliseo Martín|
|Emeritus Bishops||Eduardo Mirás|
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Rosario (Latin: Archidioecesis Rosariensis) is an ecclesiastical territory or diocese of the Roman Catholic Church in the southern part of the province of Santa Fe, Argentina, with its mother church, the Basilica Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, located in the city of Rosario. The Archbishop since 22 December 2005 is José Luis Mollaghan and the Auxiliary Bishop was Sergio Fenoy, until he was appointed Bishop of San Miguel the 5 December 2006. The former archbishop Eduardo Mirás served as Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese between 22 December 2005 and 18 March 2006, the date that Msgr. Mollaghan was installed.
The Archdiocese has an area of 13,500 km² and a population of around 1,700,000, with 121 parishes. Its ecclesiastical province includes the departments of Belgrano, General López, Iriondo, Rosario and San Lorenzo, plus almost the whole departments of Caseros and Constitución. It has two suffragan bishops, corresponding to the dioceses of San Nicolás de los Arroyos and Venado Tuerto.
The diocese was created by Pope Pius XI through the bull Nobilis Argentinae Nationis Ecclesia on 20 April 1934, along with nine others, citing a lack of sufficient episcopal sees to attend to the population. The first bishop was Antonio Caggiano, who was elevated to the episcopal dignity specifically for this post; at the time he was the General Counselor of the Argentine Catholic Action.
Rosario was turned into an archdiocese by Pope Paul VI on 12 August 1963. On 7 October 1966 (day of the Virgin of the Rosary) the pope named Rosario "City of Mary" and elevated the Cathedral to Basilica.
List of bishops
- Antonio Caggiano (1935–1959)
- Silvino Martínez (1959–1961)
- Guillermo Bolatti (1963–1982) — first Archbishop
- Jorge Manuel López (1983–1993)
- Eduardo Mirás (1994–2005)
- José Luis Mollaghan (2006–2014)
- Eduardo Eliseo Martín (2014-incumbent)
- (in Spanish) DelRosario - Arquidiócesis en Red — Website of the Archdiocese.
- (in Spanish) Archdiocese of Rosario at AICA (Argentine Catholic News Agency).
- "Archdiocese of Rosario". Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney.