Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Barquisimeto

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Archdiocese of Barquisimeto
Archidioecesis Barquisimetensis
Catedral de Barquisimeto.jpg
Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Country  Venezuela
Area 8,590 km2 (3,320 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2006)
1,142,504 (65.1%)
Rite Latin Rite
Established 7 March 1863 (155 years ago)
Cathedral Catedral Nuestra Señora del Carmen
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Archbishop Antonio José López Castillo
Emeritus Bishops Tulio Manuel Chirivella Varela

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Barquisimeto (Latin: Archidioecesis Barquisimetensis) is a Latin Catholic Metropolitan archdiocese in northwestern Venezuela's Lara state.


  • Established on 7 March 1863 as Diocese of Barquisimeto, on territory split off from the then Diocese of Mérida (now Metropolitan)
  • Suppressed on 14 August 1867, its territory reassigned to the new, short-lived Diocese of Coro y Barquisimeto (in fact a see transfer to Coro)
  • Restored on 22 October 1869 as Diocese of Barquisimeto from that (suppressed) Diocese of Coro y Barquisimeto
  • Lost territory on 1922.10.12 to establish the Diocese of Coro and on 1954.06.07 to establish the Diocese of Guanare, its own suffragan
  • Promoted on 30 April 1966 as Metropolitan Archdiocese of Barquisimeto.
  • Lost territory again to establish two more suffragans : on 1966.10.07 the Diocese of San Felipe and on 1992.07.25 the Diocese of Carora.

Special churches[edit]

Its cathedral episcopal see is the very modern Catedral Metropolitana de Barquisimeto in Barquisimeto. There is also a Minor Basilica : Basílica el Santo Cristo de la Gracia, also in Barquisimeto.

Episcopal ordinaries[edit]

(all Roman rite)

Suffragan Bishops of Barquisimeto
Metropolitan Archbishops of Barquisimeto
  • Críspulo Benítez Fontúrvel (see above 1966.04.30 – 1982.10.18), also President of Episcopal Conference of Venezuela (1972 – 1978)
  • Tulio Manuel Chirivella Varela (1982.10.18 – death 2007.12.22), also Second Vice-President of Latin American Episcopal Council (1991 – 1995), President of Episcopal Conference of Venezuela (1996 – 1999); previously Bishop of Margarita (Venezuela) (1974.04.05 – 1982.10.18)
  • Antonio José López Castillo (2007.12.22 – ...); previously Titular Bishop of Theuzi (1988.02.26 – 1992.08.01) & Auxiliary Bishop of Maracaibo (Venezuela) (1988.02.26 – 1992.08.01), Bishop of Barinas (Venezuela) (1992.08.01 – 2001.12.27), Metropolitan Archbishop of Calabozo (Venezuela) (2001.12.27 – 2007.12.22)


Its ecclesiastical province comprises the Metropolitan's own archbishopric and the following Suffragan sees:

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Coordinates: 10°04′25″N 69°19′17″W / 10.0737°N 69.3214°W / 10.0737; -69.3214