Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Bar

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Archdiocese of Bar
Archidioecesis Antibarensis
Barska Nadbiskupija
Kryedioqeza e Tivarit
Country Montenegro
Metropolitan Immediately Subject to the Holy See
Area 13,198 km2 (5,096 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2012)
11,227 (1.8%)
Parishes 19
Denomination Roman Catholic
Established 9th Century
(As Diocese of Bar)
(As Archdiocese of Bar)
Cathedral Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Bar, Montenegro
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Metropolitan Archbishop Zef Gashi
Map of Montenegro  Diocese of Kotor  Archdiocese of Bar
Map of Montenegro
  Diocese of Kotor
  Archdiocese of Bar

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Bar is an ecclesiastical territory or diocese of the Roman Catholic Church in Montenegro. It is centred in the city of Bar (Italian Antivari). It was erected as a diocese in the 9th century and elevated to an archdiocese in 1089. The Archbishopric was by Pope's decree abolished some time after 1140, until it was restored by the Serbian medieval Nemanjić dynasty in 1199.

The Archbishops regularly bore titles of "Primates of Serbia" (Primas Serviae), implemented as a permanent part of the title by Archbishop Stephen Tegliatti in 1475, since 1256 early on self-styled as "Archbishop of Slavians".[Note 1]

The archdiocese's cathedral is the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Bar. Zef Gashi currently serves as Archbishop in the archdiocese.[1]

In 1923, Traboin, Tuzi, Grude, and Klezna were added to the Archbishopric from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Shkodër. In 1969, the territory of the municipalities of Plav, Gusinje, and Vojno Selo were added to the Archbishopric from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Skopje.


  • Peter (1064–1094)
  • Sergius (1094?/ca. 1110? - 1124?)
  • Elijah (ca. 1124 - 1140)
  • John I (1199–1247)
  • John II (Giovanni da Pian del Carpine) (1248–1252)
  • Gufrid (April 1253 - 1254)
  • Lawrence I (1255–1270)
  • Gašpar Adam (1270–1280)
  • Michael (1282–1298)
  • Rudger (1298–1301), member of the
    Cistercian order, writer
    of the Chronicle of the Priest of Dioclea
  • Marinus I (Marin Petrov Žaretić) (1301–1306)
  • Andrew I (1307–1324)
  • William I (Guillaume Adam) (1324–1341)
  • John III (1341–1347)
  • Dominic (1349–1360)
  • Stephen (1361–1363)
  • John IV (1363–1373)
  • John V (1373–1382)
  • Anton (1383–1390)
  • Raymond (1391–1395)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Serbs, referring to the Serbian medieval state


  1. ^ International Bishops' Conference of St. Cyril and Methodius: Diocese of Bar


External links[edit]

Coordinates: 42°05′41″N 19°07′51″E / 42.09472°N 19.13083°E / 42.09472; 19.13083