Roman Catholic Diocese of Cádiz y Ceuta

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Diocese of Cádiz y Ceuta
Dioecesis Gadicensis o Gaditanus et Septensis
Diócesis de Cádiz y Ceuta
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Country  Spain
Ecclesiastical province Seville
Metropolitan Seville
Area 3,772 km2 (1,456 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2012)
703,400 (91.4%)
Parishes 118
Denomination Roman Catholic
Sui iuris church Latin Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established 5 February 1241 (As Diocese of Cádiz)
5 September 1851 (As Diocese of Cádiz y Ceuta)
Cathedral Cathedral of the Assumption of Our Lady in Cádiz
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Rafael Zornoza Boy
Metropolitan Archbishop Juan Asenjo Pelegrina
Emeritus Bishops Antonio Ceballos Atienza Bishop Emeritus (1993-2011)
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Website of the Diocese

The Roman Catholic diocese of Cádiz y Ceuta is a diocese of the Latin Rite of the Roman Catholic Church in Spain. The diocese is a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Seville.[1][2]

Its jurisdiction covers nearly all the civil province of Cádiz; only a few places, like Sanlucar, belong to the diocese of Seville, or, like Grazalema, to the diocese of Malaga. Cádiz (369,382) is the residence of the bishop.


Cádiz was raised by Urban IV to episcopal rank in 1263 at the request of king Alfonso X, a year after its Reconquista on the Moors.[3] Its first bishop was Fray Juan Martinez. After the Christians had won from the Moors the Plaza (stronghold) de Algeciras, the ordinaries of Cádiz bore the title of Bishop of Cádiz and Algeciras, granted by Clement VI in 1352.

The see counted amongst its prelates in 1441 Cardinal Juan de Torquemada, an eminent Dominican theologian jurisconsult, who took a leading part in the Council of Basle and Council of Florence, and defended in his "Summe de Ecclesiâ" the direct power of the pope in temporal matters.

On 1816.01.25, the bishopric lost territory to establish the Apostolic Vicariate of Gibraltar, which had become a British colony.

By the Concordat of 1851, the diocese of Ceuta, also suffragan of Seville, was joined with that of Cádiz, whose bishop was regularly Apostolic Administrator of Ceuta until the present dual name was adopted at the incorporation of Ceuta in 1933.

Ordinaries since 1525[edit]

Bishops of Cádiz
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Bishops of Cádiz y Ceuta
  • Ramón Pérez y Rodríguez (12 Apr 1933 – 28 Jan 1937 Died)
  • Tomás Gutiérrez Díez (10 Jun 1943 – 2 Apr 1964 Died)
  • Antonio Añoveros Ataún (2 Apr 1964 – 3 Dec 1971 Appointed, Bishop of Bilbao)
  • Antonio Dorado Soto (1 Sep 1973 – 26 Mar 1993 Appointed, Bishop of Málaga)
  • Antonio Ceballos Atienza (10 Dec 1993 – 30 Aug 2011 Retired)
  • Rafael Zornoza Boy (30 Aug 2011 – )
Auxiliary Bishops of Cádiz


  1. ^ "Diocese of Cádiz y Ceuta" David M. Cheney. Retrieved February 29, 2016
  2. ^ "Diocese of Cádiz y Ceuta" Gabriel Chow. Retrieved February 29, 2016
  3. ^ "Diocese of Cadiz". Catholic Encyclopedia. 
  4. ^ "Archbishop Maximiliano de Austria" David M. Cheney. Retrieved February 29, 2016
  5. ^ "Bishop Francisco Guerra, O.F.M." David M. Cheney. Retrieved March 21, 2016
  6. ^ Catholic Hierarchy: "Bishop Pedro Xague, O.P." retrieved January 30, 2016
  7. ^ Catholic Hierarchy: "Bishop Jerónimo Clavijo, O.P." retrieved January 30, 2016

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainHerbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "article name needed". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton. 

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Coordinates: 36°31′45″N 6°17′43″W / 36.5291°N 6.2953°W / 36.5291; -6.2953