Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Guatemala

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Archdiocese of Guatemala
Archidioecesis Guatimalensis
Primatial Metropolitan Cathedral of St. James
Country Guatemala
Ecclesiastical province Province of Guatemala City
- Catholics

3,486,000 (80%)
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Latin Rite
Established December 18, 1534
Cathedral Primatial Metropolitan Cathedral of St. James
Patron saint Assumption of Mary, Saint James the Greater
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Archbishop Oscar Julio Vian Morales, S.D.B.
Archbishop of Guatemala City
Auxiliary Bishops Raúl Antonio Martinez Paredes,
Gustavo Rodolfo Mendoza Hernández

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Guatemala (erected 18 December 1534, as the Diocese of Guatemala) is a metropolitan diocese, responsible for the suffragan Dioceses of Escuintla, Jalapa, Santa Rosa de Lima, Verapaz, Cobán and Zacapa y Santo Cristo de Esquipulas. It was elevated on 16 December 1743. The current Metropolitan Archbishop of Guatemala is Oscar Julio Vian Morales, S.D.B.; he was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI on Monday, October 4, 2010 to replace Cardinal Rodolfo Quezada Toruno, who had reached the age of 75 at which bishops submit their resignations to the Pope.



Territorial losses[edit]

Year Along with To form
1561 Diocese of Comayagua
1842 Diocese of San Salvador
1921 Diocese of Quetzaltenango, Los Altos
Vicariate Apostolic of Verapaz and Petén
1951 Diocese of Jalapa
Diocese of Zacapa
1951 Diocese of Quetzaltenango, Los Altos Diocese of Sololá
1969 Territorial Prelature of Escuintla
1996 Diocese of Santa Rosa de Lima

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Coordinates: 14°38′30″N 90°30′44″W / 14.6416°N 90.5123°W / 14.6416; -90.5123