Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Ljubljana

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Archdiocese of Ljubljana
Archiodioecesis Labacensis
Nadškofija Ljubljana
Country Slovenia
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2013)
554,417 (71.4%)
Rite Latin Rite
Established 6 December 1461
Cathedral Saint Nicholas Cathedral, Ljubljana
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Metropolitan Archbishop P. Stane Zore, OFM
Suffragans Koper
Novo Mesto
Auxiliary Bishops Anton Jamnik, Franc Šuštar
Emeritus Bishops Alojzij Uran, Archbishop Emeritus (2004-2009)
Anton Stres, Archbishop Emeritus (2009-2013)
Website of the Archdiocese

The Roman Catholic Metropolitan Archdiocese of Ljubljana (Slovene: Nadškofija Ljubljana, Latin: Archidioecesis Labacensis) is an ecclesiastical territory or diocese of the Roman Catholic Church in Slovenia.

The Archdiocese[edit]

The archdiocese's motherchurch and thus seat of its archbishop is the Saint Nicholas Cathedral, Ljubljana; it also contains minor basilicas in Brezje and Stična. The See of Ljubljana had been vacant, its former archbishop was, until his 2013 resignation, Anton Stres, who was appointed Archbishop of Ljubljana, and thus Primate of Slovenia, by Pope Benedict XVI on 28 November 2009. On Saturday, 4 October 2014, Pope Francis appointed the Reverend Father P. Stane Zore, OFM, as Archbishop-elect of the Archdiocese of Ljubljana, who until then had been serving for a second time as Minister Provincial of his order and as Chairman of the Conference of Men and Women Religious in Slovenia (KORUS). He will be ordained and installed as Archbishop in the near future.[1]


From 811, the territory of the Ljubljana Archdiocese was part of the ecclesiastical territory of the Patriarch of Aquileia. Frederick III, Holy Roman Emperor, erected on 6 December 1461 the Diocese of Laibach, which was confirmed six months later, on 6 September 1462, by Pope Pius II. Several days later, it was taken from the jurisprudence of the Aquileia and directly subjected to the Holy See. On 3 March 1787, it became an archdiocese and a metropolis, which it remained until 1807, when it was for political reasons degraded to a common diocese.[2]

The Nazi persecution of the Church in annexed Slovenia was akin to that which occurred in Poland. Within six weeks of the Nazi occupation, only 100 of the 831 priests in the Diocese of Maribor and part of the Diocese of Ljubljana remained free. Clergy were persecuted and sent to concentration camps, religious Orders had their properties seized.[3]

The diocese was again elevated to a metropolis on 22 December 1961. Today it has two suffragan sees, Koper (since 1977) and Novo Mesto (since 2006). It is the principal see of Slovenia; one living former archbishop, Franc Rode, CM, was promoted to a Curial office (Prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life) and made a Cardinal, demonstrating the importance of this archdiocese and its archbishops.[citation needed]

List of bishops of Ljubljana[edit]

List of archbishops of Ljubljana[edit]

See also[edit]


External links[edit]

Coordinates: 46°3′2.27″N 14°30′27.44″E / 46.0506306°N 14.5076222°E / 46.0506306; 14.5076222