Roman Catholic Diocese of Río Gallegos

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Diocese of Río Gallegos
Dioecesis Rivogallaecensis
Diócesis de Río Gallegos
Parroquía Catedral de Nuestra Señora de Luján (Río Gallegos).JPG
Country Argentina
Ecclesiastical province Bahía Blanca
Metropolitan Bahía Blanca
Area 265,614 km2 (102,554 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2010)
212,000 (70%)
Parishes 30
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Roman Rite
Established 10 April 1961 (56 years ago)
Cathedral Cathedral of Our Lady of Lujan in Río Gallegos, Santa Cruz
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Miguel Ángel D’Annibale
Metropolitan Archbishop Guillermo José Garlatti
Emeritus Bishops Alejandro Antonio Buccolini
Juan Carlos Romanin

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Río Gallegos is located in the city of Río Gallegos, the capital of the Patagonia province of Santa Cruz, Argentina.


The Roman Catholic Diocese of Rio Gallegos, Argentina, according to the Vatican Information Service (VIS), has an area of 265,614 square miles, a total population of 300,000, a Catholic population of 210,000, 55 priests, 9 permanent deacons, and 94 religious.


It was erected in 1961, and was formed from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Comodoro Rivadavia, Argentina. It is a suffragan see of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Bahia Blanca, Argentina. His Excellency, the Most Reverend Bishop Emeritus Juan Carlos Romanin, S.D.B., is the immediate past Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rio Gallegos, having served from 2005 until 2012. On Saturday, February 19, 2011, the Vatican Information Service stated that Pope Benedict XVI had named the Right Reverend Monsignor Miguel Angel D'Annibale, until then the Vicar General of the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Isidro, as an Auxiliary Bishop-elect (assistant bishop) of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rio Gallegos to Bishop Romanin, with the title of Titular Bishop of Nasai (in Numidia). The Auxiliary Bishop-elect was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1959, and was ordained a priest in 1985. On Wednesday, April 18, 2012, Pope benedict accepted Bishop Romanin's resignation from the pastoral government of the Diocese, in accord with Canon 401 § 2 of the Code of Canon Law for the Western Churches. No immediate successor was named.[1]