Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Munich and Freising

Coordinates: 48°08′19″N 11°34′26″E / 48.13861°N 11.57389°E / 48.13861; 11.57389
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Archdiocese of Munich and Freising

Archidioecesis Monacensis et Frisingensis

Erzbistum München und Freising
Frauenkirche, Munich
Coat of arms
Country Germany
Ecclesiastical provinceMunich and Freising
Area11,998 km2 (4,632 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2022)
1,499,000 (38.9%)
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteRoman Rite
Co-cathedralFreising Cathedral
Patron saintSt. Corbinian
Current leadership
ArchbishopReinhard Marx
Archbishop of Munich and Freising
Auxiliary BishopsWolfgang Bischof, Rupert zu Stolberg-Stolberg
Bishops emeritusFriedrich Wetter, Bernhard Haßlberger
Freising Cathedral
The Freising Cathedral's pipe organ
Palais Holnstein, the Archbishop's residence

The Archdiocese of Munich and Freising (German: Erzbistum München und Freising, Latin: Archidioecesis Monacensis et Frisingensis) is a Latin Church ecclesiastical territory or diocese of the Catholic Church in Bavaria, Germany.[1][2] It is governed by the Archbishop of Munich and Freising, who administers the see from the co-cathedral in Munich, the Frauenkirche. The other, much older co-cathedral is Freising Cathedral.

The see was canonically erected in about 739 by Saint Boniface as the Diocese of Freising, and later became a prince-bishopric. The diocese was dissolved in 1803 following the collapse of the Holy Roman Empire, although a titular bishop ruled until April 1, 1818, when Pope Pius VII elevated the diocese to an archdiocese with its new seat in Munich, rather than Freising.

The archdiocese is divided into forty deaneries with 758 parishes. Its suffragan bishops are the Bishop of Augsburg, the Bishop of Passau, and the Bishop of Regensburg.

The most famous archbishop was Joseph Ratzinger, who was elected as Pope Benedict XVI.

The residence of the Archbishops of Munich and Freising is the Palais Holnstein in Munich.

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  1. ^ "Archdiocese of München und Freising {Munich}" David M. Cheney. Retrieved February 29, 2016
  2. ^ "Metropolitan Archdiocese of München und Freising" Gabriel Chow. Retrieved February 29, 2016

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