Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Caracas

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Archdiocese of Caracas
Archidiœcesis Caracarum
Arquidiocesis de Caracas
Caracas Cathedral 2.jpg
Metropolitan Cathedral of St. Ann
Location
Country  Venezuela
Territory Municipio Libertador, Municipio Chacao, Municipio Sucre, Municipio El Hatillo, Municipio Baruta.
Ecclesiastical province Province of Caracas
Statistics
Area 382 sq mi (990 km2)
Population
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2006)
4,644,000
3,960,000 (85.3%)
Parishes 116
Information
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Latin Rite
Established 21 June 1531 (486 years ago)
Cathedral Catedral Metropolitana de Santa Ana
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Auxiliary Bishops Luis Armando Tineo Rivera
Jesús González de Zarate
Tulio Luis Ramírez Padilla
José Trinidad Fernández Angulo
Emeritus Bishops Pedro Nicolás Bermúdez
Roberto Dávila Uzcátegui
Website
Archidiocese of Caracas Official (in Spanish)

The Roman Catholic Metropolitan Archdiocese of Caracas is the Latin an ecclesiastical territory of the Roman Catholic Church in part of Venezuela. It was founded as the Diocese of Caracas on June 20, 1637, and was later elevated to the rank of a Metropolitan see on November 27, 1803.

This episcopal see occupies a territory of about 790 square kilometers and is not unlikely to be given several Auxiliary bishops. The current Archbishop is Cardinal Jorge Urosa, appointed by Pope Benedict XVI on September 19, 2005.

Its cathedral episcopal see is the Catedral Metropolitana de Santa Ana, in national capital Caracas, Distrito Federal, which also has three Minor Basilicas: Basílica de Santa Teresa, Basílica San Pedro Apóstol and Basílica Santuario de Santa Capilla (also a National Shrine).

History[edit]

Province[edit]

Its ecclesiastical province in Venezuela comprises the Metropolitan's own Archbishopric and the following suffragan sees :

Episcopal ordinaries[edit]

(all Roman Rite)

Diocese of Caracas (Santiago de Venezuela)[edit]

Established: 20 June 1637 from the suppressed Diocese of Coro
Latin Name: Caracensis o S. Iacobi in Venezuela
Metropolitan: Archdiocese of Santo Domingo

  • Juan López de Agurto de la Mata (1637.06.20 – death 1637.12.24), previously Bishop of Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico) ([1630.07.20] 1631.02.10 – 1634.11.20), Bishop of Coro (Venezuela) ([1634.08.08] 1634.11.20 – 1637.06.20)[3]
  • Mauro Diego (Marcos) de Tovar y Valle Maldonado, Order of Saint Benedict (O.S.B.) (1639.10.03 – 1652.12.16), later Bishop of Chiapas (Mexico) (1652.12.16 – death 1666.10.22)[3]
  • Alonso de Briceño, Friars Minor (O.F.M.) (1653.08.18 – death 1668.11.16), previously Bishop of León in Nicaragua (Nicaragua) (1644.11.14 – 1653.08.18)[3][4]
  • Antonio González de Acuña (1670–1682)
  • Diego de Baños y Sotomayor (1683.02.15 – death 1706.05.15), previously Bishop of Santa Marta (Colombia) (1677.09.13 – 1683.02.15)
  • Francisco del Rincón, Order of the Minims (O.M.) (1714.02.26 – 1716.10.05), previously Metropolitan Archbishop of Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic) (1705.12.14 – 1714.02.26); later Metropolitan Archbishop of Santafé en Nueva Granada (Colombia) (1716.10.05 – death 1723.06.28)
  • Juan José de Escalona y Calatayud (1717.03.15 – 1728.11.15), later Bishop of Michoacán (Mexico) (1728.11.15 – death 1737.05.23)
  • José Félix Valverde (1728.11.15 – 1738.11.24), later Bishop of Michoacán (Mexico) (1738.11.24 – death 1741.02.23)
  • Juan García Abadiano (1738.12.19 – death 1747.05.06)
  • Father Manuel Jiménez Bretón (1748.09.16 – 1749.03.30, no episcopal ordination recorded)
  • Manuel Machado y Luna (22 Sep 1749 - death 1752.01.29)
  • Francisco de Antolino (25 Sep 1752- death 1755.08.06), previously Bishop of Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico) (1748.05.06 – 1752.09.25)
  • Diego Díez Madroñero (1756.05.24 – death 1769.02.03)
  • Mariano Martí (1770.01.29 – death 1792.02.20), previously Bishop of Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico) (1761.05.24 – 1770.01.29)
  • Juan de la Virgen María y Viana (1792.09.24 – 1798.08.14), later
  • Francisco de Ibarra (1798.12.14 – 1803.11.27), the first bishop born in Venezuela to receive episcopal ordination, previously Bishop of Santo Tomás de Guayana (Venezuela) (1791.12.19 – 1798.12.14 see below)

Archdiocese of Caracas, Santiago de Venezuela[edit]

Elevated: 27 November 1803
Latin Name: Caracensis o S. Iacobi in Venezuela

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archdiocese of Caracas" Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved March 19, 2016[self-published source]
  2. ^ "Archdiocese of Caracas" GCatholic.org. Gabriel Chow. Retrieved March 19, 2016
  3. ^ a b c Gauchat, Patritius (Patrice). HIERARCHIA CATHOLICA MEDII ET RECENTIORIS AEVI Vol IV. pp. 363x. 
  4. ^ "Bishop Alonso de Briceño (Brizeño), O.F.M." Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved February 29, 2016.[self-published source]

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Coordinates: 10°30′22″N 66°54′51″W / 10.50611°N 66.91417°W / 10.50611; -66.91417