Roman Catholic Diocese of Leiria-Fátima

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Diocese of Leiria-Fátima
Dioecesis Leiriensis-Fatimensis
Diocese de Leiria-Fátima
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The Episcopal Cathedral of Leiria-Fátima
Location
Country  Portugal
Ecclesiastical province Lisbon
Metropolitan Patriarchate of Lisbon
Statistics
Area 1,700 km2 (660 sq mi)
Population
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2013)
296,362
272,162 (91.8%)
Information
Denomination Roman Catholic
Sui iuris church Latin Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established 17 January 1918
Cathedral Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Leiria
Patron saint Our Lady of Fátima
St Augustine of Hippo
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop António Augusto dos Santos Marto
Metropolitan Archbishop Manuel III
Emeritus Bishops Serafim de Sousa Ferreira e Silva Bishop Emeritus (1993-2006)
Map
Location of diocese of Leiria-Fátima
Location of diocese of Leiria-Fátima
Website
Website of the Diocese

The Portuguese Roman Catholic Diocese of Leiria–Fátima (Latin: Dioecesis Leiriensis–Fatimensis) is a Latin rite suffragan diocese in the ecclesiastical province of the Metropolitan Patriarchate of Lisbon.[1]

The main church of the episcopal see is the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Conception, in Leiria. It also has two minor basilicas, both in Fátima: the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary and the Basilica of the Holy Trinity, and also a World Heritage Site: the Monastery of Saint Mary of the Victory, in Batalha, as a decommissioned former Cathedral (now ruined): Church of Our Lady of Pena.

History[edit]

  • 1545.05.22: Established as Diocese of Leiria (Português) / Leirien(sis) (Latin), on territory split off from the Diocese of Coimbra
  • In 1585 it gained territory from Metropolitan Archdiocese of Lisboa, again on 1614.10.09
  • Suppressed on 1881.09.30, its territories being reassigned (back) to Patriarchal See of Lisboa and to Diocese of Coimbra
  • Restored on 1918.01.17 as Diocese of Leiria (Portuguese) / Leirien(sis) (Latin), regaining territories from Patriarchal See of Lisboa and Diocese of Coimbra
  • On 1957.03.25 it gained territory from Patriarchal See of Lisboa
  • Enjoyed Papal visits from Pope Paul VI in May 1967 and Pope John Paul II in May 1982, May 1991 and May 2000
  • Renamed on 1984.05.13 as Diocese of Leiria–Fátima (Português) / Leirien(sis)–Fatimen(sis) (Latin), however without a co-cathedral. [2]
  • Enjoyed Papal visits from Pope Benedict XVI in May 2010 and Pope Francis in May 2017

Statistics[edit]

As per 2014, it pastorally served 266,792 Catholics (91.6% of 291,144 total) on 1,700 km² in 75 parishes and 6 missions with 156 priests (92 diocesan, 64 religious), 767 lay religious (77 brothers, 690 sisters) and 6 seminarians.

Ordinaries[edit]

(all Roman Rite)

Suffragan Bishops of Leiria
  • Brás de Barros, Canons Regular of Saint Augustine (C.R.S.A.) (1545 – 1556)
  • Father Sancho de Noronha e Faro, [[]] (O.E.S.A.) (1556 – 1556)
  • Gaspar do Casal, O.E.S.A. (1556.03.09 – 1579.11.27), previously Bishop of Funchal (Madeira, Portugal) (1551.07.03 – 1556.03.09); later Bishop of Coimbra (Portugal) (1579.11.27 – death 1584.08.09)
  • António Pinheiro (1579.11.27 – death 1582.10), previously Bishop of Miranda (Portugal) (1564.06.21 – 1579.11.27)
  • Pedro de Castilho (1583.06.03 – death 1604), previously Bishop of Angra (Portugal) (1578.07.04 – 1583.06.03)
TO COMPLETE/ELABORATE
  • Martim Afonso Mexia (1604 – 1619.12.02)
  • Rui Pires da Veiga (1615 – 1615)
  • António de Santa Maria (1616 – 1623)
  • Francisco de Menezes (1625 – 1627.07.05)
  • Dinis de Melo e Castro (1627 – 1636)
  • Pedro Barbosa de Eça (1636 – 1640)
  • Fr. Diogo de Sousa (1640 – 1640)
  • Fr. Jerónimo de Mascarenhas (1648 – 1648)
  • Pedro Vieira da Silva (1670 – 1676)
  • Domingos de Gusmão, O.P. (1677 – 1678.06.06)
  • José de Lencastre, O. Carm. (1681.06.02 – 1694)
  • Álvaro de Abranches e Noronha (1694 – 1746.04.05)
  • ...
  • José Alves Correia da Silva (1920–1957)
  • João Pereira Venâncio, O.R.C. (1958.09.13 – 1972.07.01)
  • Alberto Cosme do Amaral (1972.07.01 – 1984.05.13 see below)
Suffragan Bishops of Leiria-Fatima
  • Alberto Cosme do Amaral (see above 1984.05.13 – 1993.02.02)
  • Serafim de Sousa Ferreira e Silva (1993.02.02 – 2006.04.22)
  • António Augusto dos Santos Marto (2006.04.22 – ...)

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

Sources and external links[edit]

Coordinates: 39°44′46″N 8°48′25″W / 39.7461°N 8.8070°W / 39.7461; -8.8070