Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Santiago de Guatemala

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There is also a Diocese of Guatemala (and a Bishop of Guatemala) in the Anglican Church in Central America.
Archdiocese of Santiago de Guatemala
Archidioecesis Sancti Iacobi in Guatemala
Arquidiócesis de Santiago de Guatemala
Primatial Metropolitan Cathedral of Santiago in Guatemala city.
Country Guatemala
Ecclesiastical provinceProvince of Guatemala City
- Catholics

3,486,000 (80%)
DenominationRoman Catholic
RiteLatin Rite
EstablishedDecember 18, 1534
CathedralPrimatial Metropolitan Cathedral of St. James
Patron saintAssumption of Mary, Saint James the Greater
Current leadership
ArchbishopRaúl Martínez Paredes (Acting Regent)
Auxiliary BishopsGustavo Rodolfo Mendoza Hernández

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Santiago de Guatemala is a Latin Metropolitan archdiocese in Guatemala.[1][2]

The last Metropolitan Archbishop of Guatemala wasOscar Julio Vian Morales, S.D.B., who died on February 24, 2018; he was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI on Monday, October 4, 2010 to replace Cardinal Rodolfo Quezada Toruno, who had reached the age of 75 at which bishops submit their resignations to the Pope. As the post of Metropolitan Archbishop of Guatemala is vacant due to his passing, the Acting Pro-Tempore Archdiocesan Regent Monsignor Raul Martinez Paredes. He fills the duties of the office of the Archbishop with certain limitations such as he cannot fulfill the duties of an Archbishop he can only act jointly with the aid of the Auxiliary Bishops in a council known as Archdiocesan Prefecture or Council Of Bishops to attend matters that requires an ipso facto decision of an Archbishop in issues that cannot be postponed and also the Council acts as an Archdiocesan Administrator in the Government of the Catholic Church in Guatemala.

Special churches[edit]

Its cathedral episcopal see is the Catedral Primada Metropolitana de Santiago, in the national capital Ciudad de Guatemala.

It also has

  • the former Cathedral, a World Heritage Site: Catedral de San José, Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepéquez
  • a Minor Basilica, National Shrine: Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Rosario, Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala
  • other National Shrine: Iglesia de San Francisco el Grande, Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepéquez
  • further Shrines: Santuario Arquidiocesano del Señor San José, Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala and Santuario Expiatorio al Sagrado Corazón de Jesús, Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala



Its ecclesiastical province comprises the Metropolitan's own Archbishopric and the following suffragan bishoprics :

Episcopal ordinaries[edit]

(all Roman Rite) bios to be completed


Erected December 18, 1534

Suffragan Bishops of Guatemala


Elevated December 16, 1743

Metropolitan Archbishops of Guatemala
Metropolitan Archbishops of Santiago de Guatemala

Name changed April 25, 2013

  • Oscar Julio Vian Morales, S.D.B. (see above April 25, 2013 – February 24, 2018)

Current Bishops[edit]

Until a new Archbishop of the Archdiocese Of Santiago de Guatemala is designated by Pope Francis, all Auxiliary Bishops of the Archdiocese Of Santiago de Guatemala acts as counsels to the Vicar General who momentarily is the Acting Pro-Tempore Archdiocesan Regent for those matters that require ipso facto an Archbishop decision or issues regarding the Archdiocesan Government of all the dioceses of Guatemala. By Canon Law all ordinations of priests and deacons can only be authorized and ordained by the Archbishop so until a new Archbishop is designated there can not be any ordination in process.


  1. ^ "Metropolitan Archdiocese of Santiago de Guatemala" Gabriel Chow. Retrieved February 29, 2016
  2. ^ "Archdiocese of Guatemala" David M. Cheney. Retrieved February 29, 2016
  3. ^ a b c d Eubel, Konrad (1923). Hierarchia catholica medii et recentioris aevi. Vol. III (second ed.). Münster: Libreria Regensbergiana. p. 207. (in Latin)
  4. ^ "Bishop Juan de las Cabezas Altamirano" David M. Cheney. Retrieved March 21, 2016
  5. ^ "Bishop Pedro de Valencia" David M. Cheney. Retrieved March 21, 2016
  6. ^ "Bishop Juan de Zapata y Sandoval, O.S.A." David M. Cheney. Retrieved March 21, 2016
  7. ^ "Bishop Agustín de Ugarte y Sarabia " David M. Cheney. Retrieved March 21, 2016
  8. ^ "Bishop Juan de Sancto Mathía Sáenz de Mañozca y Murillo" David M. Cheney. Retrieved March 21, 2016
  9. ^ "Bishop Andrés de las Navas y Quevedo, O. de M." David M. Cheney. Retrieved February 29, 2016.

Coordinates: 14°38′30″N 90°30′44″W / 14.6416°N 90.5123°W / 14.6416; -90.5123