Apostolic Vicariate of Thessaloniki

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Apostolic Vicariate of Thessaloniki
Apostolicus Vicariatus Thessalonicensis
Αποστολικό Βικαριάτο Θεσσαλονίκης
Location
Country Greece
Statistics
Area 57,550 km2 (22,220 sq mi)
Population
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2010)
3,574,000
8,100 (0.2%)
Information
Sui iuris church Latin Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established 18 March 1926
Cathedral Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Thessaloniki
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Sede Vacante

The Roman Catholic Apostolic Vicariate of Thessaloniki (Latin: Vicariatus Apostolicus Thessalonicensis) is an Apostolic Vicariate (pre-diocesan jurisdiction entitled to a titular bishop) of the Latin Rite of the Roman Catholic Church in northern continental Greece.

It is exempt, i.e. directly subject to the Holy See, not part of any ecclesiastical province, and remains vacant under 'temporary' Apostolic administrators since its only proper Apostolic Vicar, Alessandro Guidati, was promoted Archbishop of Naxos, Andros, Tinos and Mykonos in 1929.

Its episcopal see is the Latin Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, in Thessaloniki.[1]

History[edit]

The Vicariate was established in 1926 as Apostolic Vicariate of Thessalonica[2] on canonical territory split off from the Roman Catholic Apostolic Vicariate of Constantinople, comprising the Greek prefectures of Thessaloniki, Kavala, Xanthi, Volos, Larisa and Giannitsa. Since then, the Vicariate covers the entire territory of northern Greece, including regions of Greek Macedonia, Greek Thrace and Thessaly.

Renamed, like its see, in 1992 as Apostolic Vicariate of Thessaloniki (gr. Θεσσαλονίκη).

Statistics[edit]

As per 2014, it pastorally served 7,376 Catholics (0.2% of 3,560,000 total) on 57,550 km² in 4 parishes and 4 missions with 10 priests (3 diocesan, 7 religious) and 16 lay religious (9 brothers, 7 sisters).[3]

Episcopal ordinaries[edit]

Apostolic Vicars of Salonica
  1. Alessandro Guidati † (30 April 1927 - 15 July 1929), Titular Bishop of Adada (1927.04.30 – 1929.07.15); later Metropolitan Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Naxos, Andros, Tinos and Mykonos (insular Greece) (1929.07.15 – retired 1947.02.22), Apostolic Administrator of Chios (insular Greece) (1939 – 1947.02.22), emeritate as Titular Archbishop of Nicopolis in Epiro (1947.02.22 – death 1952.06.25)
"Temporary" Apostolic administrators during the long see vacancy since 1929
  1. Giovanni Battista Filippucci (1929 – 1947), while Archbishop of Athens (peninsular Greece) (1927.02.24 – 1947.05.29); later Metropolitan Archbishop of Naxos–Andros–Tinos–Mykonos (insular Greece) (1947.05.29 – death 1959.11.06) and Apostolic Administrator of Chios (insular Greece) (1947.05.29 – 1959.11.06)
  2. Marco Sigala (1947 – 1950), while Archbishop of Athens (peninsular Greece) (1947.05.29 – death 1950.03.10); previously Apostolic Administrator of Santorini (insular Greece) (1946 – 1947)
  3. Georges Xenopulos, Jesuits (S.J.) (1950 – 1953), also Apostolic Administrator of Crete (insular Greece) (1952 – 1974.06.27); previously Bishop of Santorini (insular Greece) (1947.02.22 – 1974.06.27) and Bishop of Syros (insular Greece) (1947.02.22 – 1974.06.27)
  4. Marius Macrionitis, S.J. (1952 – death 1959.04.08), also Archbishop of Athens (peninsular Greece) (1953.03.11 – death 1959.04.08)
  5. Venedictos Printesis (1959.05.15 – 1962), while Archbishop of Athens (peninsular Greece) (1959.05.15 – retired 1972.11.17), died 2008
  6. Father Dimítrios Roussos, S.J. 1969 – 1992), no other prelature
  7. Antónios Varthalítis, Assumptionists (A.A.) (1992 – 2003.03.22), while Metropolitan Archbishop of Corfu–Zakynthos–Kefalonia (insular Greece) (1962.05.30 – retired 2003.03.22), died 2007
  8. Yannis Spiteris, Capuchin Franciscans (O.F.M. Cap.) (2003.03.22 – ...), while Metropolitan Archbishop of Corfu–Zakynthos–Kefalonia (insular Greece) (2003.03.22 – ...).[4]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 40°38′15″N 22°56′18″E / 40.6374°N 22.9384°E / 40.6374; 22.9384