Military Ordinariate of Belgium

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Military Ordinariate of Belgium
Dutch: Bisdom bij de Krijgsmacht
French: Diocèse aux Forces armées belges
Barré & Guimard - Eglise Saint-Jacques-sur-Coudenberg 1.JPG
Église Saint-Jacques-sur-Coudenberg
Country Belgium
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Latin Rite
Established 7 September 1957 (59 years ago)
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Archbishop André-Joseph Léonard

The Military Ordinariate of Belgium (Dutch: Bisdom bij de Krijgsmacht; French: Diocèse aux Forces armées belges) 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 Belgian Armed Forces and their families.


It was established as a military vicariate on 7 September 1957, and elevated to a military ordinariate on 21 July 1986. The Military Ordinary's seat is located at the Co-cathedral of Saint Jacques-sur-Coudenberg (Sint-Jacob op de Koudenbergkerk) in Brussels, Belgium. The post of Military Ordinary is vested in the Archbishop of Mechelen and Primate of Belgium.

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Coordinates: 50°54′27″N 4°23′35″E / 50.907471°N 4.39301°E / 50.907471; 4.39301