Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Monaco

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Archdiocese of Monaco

Archiodioecesis Monoecensis

Archidiocèse de Monaco
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MetropolitanImmediately Subject to the Holy See
Area2 km2 (0.77 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2013)
30,000 (82.5%)
RiteLatin Rite
EstablishedMarch 15, 1877
CathedralSaint Nicholas Cathedral, Monaco
Current leadership
ArchbishopBernard Barsi[1]

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Monaco (Latin: Archidioecesis Monoecensis) is an exempt Latin ecclesiastical territory or archdiocese of the Roman Catholic Church in Monaco, directly subject to the Holy See, not part of any ecclesiastical province.

The archdiocese's mother church and thus seat of its archbishop is the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception (Saint Nicholas's or Monaco Cathedral). Bernard César Augustin Barsi was appointed Archbishop of Monaco by Pope John Paul II on May 16, 2000.


It enjoyed a Papal Visit by Pope Clement VII in 1532.

It was established as a pre-diocesan jurisdiction on 30 April 1868.04.30, as Territorial Abbacy of Saints-Nicholas-et-Benoît, on territory split off from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Nice.

It was promoted as the Diocese of Monaco by Pope Leo XIII on March 15, 1887, and was elevated to the rank of an Archdiocese by Pope John Paul II on July 30, 1981.[2]


(all Roman Rite)

Abbots Ordinary of Saints-Nicholas-et-Benoît
Exempt Bishops of Monaco
Exempt Archbishops of Monaco


There are five parish churches including: Saint-Charles Church, Church St. Devote, Saint Martin Church and Saint Nicholas Church. Chapels include: Chapel of Mercy, Chapel of the Sacred Heart and the Carmelite Chapel.

On Sunday November 13, 2011, the parish church of Saint Martin celebrated its centenary in the presence of Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene, with Princess Caroline and Princess Alexandra of Hanover. Archbishop Barsi blessed the Byzantine cross and the third bell named "Alexandra".[3]

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Sources and external links[edit]


  1. ^
  2. ^ Cheney, David M. "Archdiocese of Monaco". Catholic-Hierarchy.
  3. ^ Centenary of Saint-Martin parish

Coordinates: 43°43′51″N 7°25′27″E / 43.73083°N 7.42417°E / 43.73083; 7.42417