Roman Catholic Archdiocese of León

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Archdiocese of León
Archidioecesis Leonensis
Arquidiócesis de León
Catedral Basílica de Nuestra Señora de la Luz
Country Mexico
Ecclesiastical province Province of León
Metropolitan León, Guanajuato
Area 3,395 sq mi (8,790 km2)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2004)
3,416,000 (90%)
Parishes 98
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Roman Rite
Established 26 January 1863 (153 years ago)
Cathedral Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of the Light
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Metropolitan Archbishop Alfonso Cortés Contreras
Auxiliary Bishops Juan Frausto Pallares
Emeritus Bishops Anselmo Zarza Bernal
José Martín Rábago

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of León (Latin: Archidioecesis Leonensis) is an ecclesiastical territory or Metropolitan diocese of the Roman Catholic Church based in the Mexican city of León, Guanajuato. It currently covers an area of 41,940 km², and has a population of 6,500,000, including the states of Guanajuato and Querétaro. It was created as the Diocese of León on January 26, 1863 by Pope Pius IX, and elevated to the rank of a metropolitan archdiocese by Pope Benedict XVI on November 25, 2006, with the suffragan sees of Celaya, Irapuato, and Querétaro.

The archdiocese's motherchurch and thus seat of its archbishop is the Catedral Basílica de Nuestra Señora de la Luz.

Alfonso Cortés Contreras was appointed Archbishop of León by Pope Benedict XVI on December 22, 2012, having previously served as Bishop of the Diocese of Cuernavaca. He replaced Archbishop Emeritus José Martín Rábago, whose resignation was accepted under Canon 401.1 and who had been Archbishop since his appointment by Pope John Paul II in 1995. Archbishop Cortés Contreras was born in La Luz in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Zamora on July 16, 1947. He studied philosophy and theology in the Seminary of Monterrey, and subsequently earned a licentiate in theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He was ordained a priest on October 26, 1972. After parish ministry, he served as a professor at the Diocesan Seminary of Monterrey and of theological anthropology at the Pontifical University of Mexico. He was then called to Rome to assume the offices of Bursar and, from 1999 to 2005, Rector of the Pontifical Mexican College. During his time in Rome he was elected President of the Association of the Rectors of Ecclesiastical Colleges in Rome. On June 24, 2005, he was appointed Titular Bishop of Acque Regie and Auxiliary Bishop of Monterrey by Pope Benedict; he was ordained a Bishop on August 24. On July 10, 2009, he was appointed Bishop of Cuernavaca, taking canonical possession of the Diocese on August 18.[1]


The Archdiocese of León is the Metropolitan see of the suffragan dioceses of Irapuato, Celaya, Querétaro.

The Archdiocese of León covers the municipalities of León, Guanajuato, San Felipe, Ocampo, San Francisco del Rincón, Purísima del Rincón, Romita, Silao and Cd. Manuel Doblado.

The Diocese of Irapuato includes the municipalities of Abasolo, Cuerámaro, Huanímaro, Irapuato, Jaral del Progreso, Pénjamo, Pueblo Nuevo, Salamanca, and Valle de Santiago.

The Diocese of Celaya covers 11 municipalities: San Diego de la Unión, Dolores Hidalgo, San Luis de la Paz, San Miguel de Allende, Santa Cruz de Juventino Rosas, Comonfort, Villagrán, Celaya, Apaseo el Grande, Cortazar, and Apaseo el Alto.

The Diocese of Querétaro covers 18 municipalities of the State of Querétaro and 7 municipalities of Guanajuato: Atarjea, Docto Mora, San José Iturbide, Santa Catarina, Tierra Blanca, Victoria, and Xichú.

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Coordinates: 21°07′27″N 101°40′55″W / 21.1243°N 101.6820°W / 21.1243; -101.6820