Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Benin City

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Archdiocese of Benin City
Archidioecesis Urbis Beninensis
Country  Nigeria
Territory Edo State
Coordinates 6°20′27.5111″N 5°37′31.6146″E / 6.340975306°N 5.625448500°E / 6.340975306; 5.625448500
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Latin Rite
Cathedral Holy Cross Cathedral, Benin City
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Archbishop Most Rev. Augustine Obiora Akubeze
Suffragans Auchi, BomadiIssele-Uku, Uromi, Warri
Edo State map shown in red
Edo State map shown in red

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Benin City is the Metropolitan See for the Ecclesiastical province of Benin City in Nigeria.


  • 1884.05.02: Established as Apostolic Prefecture of Upper Niger from the Apostolic Vicariate of Two Guineas in Gabon
  • 1911.08.24: Renamed as Apostolic Prefecture of Western Nigeria
  • 1918.08.24: Promoted as Apostolic Vicariate of Western Nigeria
  • 1943.01.12: Renamed as Apostolic Vicariate of Asaba-Benin
  • 1950.04.18: Promoted as Diocese of Benin City
  • 1994.03.26: Promoted as Metropolitan Archdiocese of Benin City

Special churches[edit]

The seat of the archbishop is Holy Cross Cathedral in Benin City.


  • Metropolitan Archbishops of Benin City (Roman rite)
  • Bishops of Benin City (Roman rite)
  • Vicars Apostolic of Asaba-Benin (Roman rite)
    • Bishop Patrick Joseph Kelly, S.M.A. 1939.12.11 – 1950.04.18
  • Vicars Apostolic of Western Nigeria (Roman rite)
    • Archbishop Leo Hale Taylor, S.M.A. 1934.02.26 – 1939.06.13
    • Bishop Thomas Broderick, S.M.A. 1918.08.24 – 1933.10.13
  • Prefects Apostolic of Western Nigeria (Roman rite)

Suffragan Diocese[edit]

See also[edit]