Military Archbishopric of Spain

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Military Archbishopric of Spain
Arzobispado Castrense de España
Emblem of the Military Archbishopric of Spain.svg
Emblem of the Military Archbishopric of Spain
Country Spain
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Latin Rite
Established 5 August 1950 (66 years ago)
Cathedral Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Madrid
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Archbishop Juan del Río Martín
Emeritus Bishops José Manuel Estepa Llaurens Cardinal Archbishop Emeritus (1983-2003)

The Military Archbishopric of Spain (Spanish: Arzobispado Castrense de España) is a military ordinariate of the Roman Catholic Church. Immediately subject to the Holy See, it provides pastoral care to Roman Catholics serving in the Spanish Armed Forces and their families.


The first military bishop was appointed on 4 June 1819, but the position lapsed in abeyance in 1930. Twenty years later, a military vicariate was established on 5 August 1950, and a few months later the first military vicar was appointed on 12 December 1950. It was elevated to a military ordinariate on 21 July 1986 and is headed by an archbishop. The Episcopal seat is located at the Cathedral of the Armed Forces (Catedral de las Fuerzas Armadas) in Madrid, Spain.

Office holders[edit]

Military bishops[edit]

Military vicars[edit]

Military ordinaries[edit]

Noncombatant status[edit]

See: Military chaplain#Non-combatant status

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