Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Mary Most Holy in Astana

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Archdiocese of Maria Santissima in Astana
Archidioecesis Sanctae Mariae in Astanansis
Country Kazakhstan
Ecclesiastical province Maria Santissima in Astana
  • Astana
  • Kokshetau
  • Kostanay
  • Pavlodar
  • Petropavlovsk
  • Greek-Catholic Parishes
Area 576,400 km2 (222,500 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2013)
60,000 (1,6%)
Parishes 34
Denomination Roman Catholic
Sui iuris church Latin Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established 7 July 1999
Cathedral Our Mother of Perpetual Help in Astana
Secular priests 17
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Metropolitan Archbishop Tomasz Peta
Auxiliary Bishops Athanasius Schneider
Vicar General ?
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The Roman Catholic Metropolitan Archdiocese of Mary Most Holy in Astana (Latin: Archidioecesis Sanctae Mariae in Astanansis) is a Latin archdiocese of the Roman Catholic Church in Kazakhstan.

Its cathedral episcopal see is the Marian Cathedral of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, in the Kazakh national capital Astana. Founding and only Apostolic administrator Tomasz Peta was appointed the first Archbishop of Mary Most Holy in Astana by John Paul II on May 17, 1999.


Pope John Paul II erected it as the Apostolic Administration of Astana on July 7, 1999, on territory split off from the then Apostolic Administration of Kazakhstan (which lost more territories and became the diocese of Karaganda and soon after, unusually, daughter diocese Astana's suffragan), and visited it in September 2001.

The same pope promoted it to the Archdiocese of Mary Most Holy in Astana on May 17, 2003.


Its ecclesiastical province comprises the Metropolitan's own archdiocese and the following suffragan jurisdictions :

Ordinaries of Astana[edit]

(all Roman Rite, so far European Latin missionaries)

Apostolic Administrator of Astana
Metropolitan Archbishops of Astana
  • Tomasz Peta (2003.05.17 – ...), also President of Episcopal Conference of Kazakhstan (2003.05 – ...)

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Coordinates: 51°09′14″N 71°27′07″E / 51.1538°N 71.4519°E / 51.1538; 71.4519