Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Mendoza

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Archdiocese of Mendoza
Archidioecesis Mendozensis
Arquidiócesis de Mendoza
Country Argentina
Ecclesiastical province Mendoza
Area 63,839 km2 (24,648 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2004)
1,145,000 (83.4%)
Parishes 62
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Roman Rite
Established 20 April 1934 (83 years ago)
Cathedral Cathedral of Our Lady of Loreto in Mendoza
Patron saint St James the Greater
Our Lady of the Rosary
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Metropolitan Archbishop Carlos María Franzini
Auxiliary Bishops Dante Gustavo Braida (Auxiliary Bishop-elect; appointed by Pope Francis on Saturday, April 11, 2015; formerly, Vicar General of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Reconquista, in Reconquista, Santa Fe, Argentina)[1][2]
Emeritus Bishops José María Arancibia

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Mendoza (Latin: Archidioecesis Mendozensis) is in Argentina and is a metropolitan diocese. Its suffragan sees include Neuquén and San Rafael.


On 20 April 1934, Pope Pius XI established the Diocese of Mendoza from the Diocese of San Juan de Cuyo. It lost territory to the Diocese of San Rafael when it was created in 1961. At the same time, the Diocese of Mendoza was elevated to an archdiocese by Pope John XXIII on 10 April 1961.[3][4]

2016-2017 sexual abuse scandal[edit]

On 5 May 2017, Kosaka Kumiko, a Japanese-Argentinian nun, was arrested and accused of helping priests sexually abuse children at a school for youths with hearing disabilities in Mendoza Province.[5] Kumiko's arrest came after the arrests of two priests: Horacio Corbacho and Nicola Corradi.[5]


Territorial losses[edit]

Year Along with To form
1961 Diocese of San Rafael


Coordinates: 32°53′22″S 68°50′13″W / 32.88944°S 68.83694°W / -32.88944; -68.83694