Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Paraíba

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Archdiocese of Paraíba
Archidioecesis Parahybensis
Centro Histórico de João Pessoa - PB.JPG
Country Brazil
Area 7,713 km2 (2,978 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2004)
1,030,416 (83.1%)
Rite Latin Rite
Established 27 April 1892 (126 years ago)
Cathedral Catedral Basílica Metropolitana Nossa Senhora das Neves
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Archbishop Vacant
Emeritus Bishops Aldo de Cillo Pagotto
Marcelo Pinto Carvalheria
José Maria Pires

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Paraíba (Latin: Archidioecesis Parahybensis) is a Latin Metropolitan archdiocese, atypically named after the state of Paraíba, in southeastern Brazil, rather than after its see.[citation needed]

Its cathedral archiepiscopal see is a minor basilica, the Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of the Snows (Catedral Basílica Metropolitana Nossa Senhora das Neves), in the city of João Pessoa, the state capital.



As per 2014, it pastorally served 1,288,000 Catholics (82.8% of 1,556,103 total) on 6,703 km² in 89 parishes and 8 missions with 151 priests (116 diocesan, 35 religious), 37 deacons, 259 lay religious (41 brothers, 218 sisters) and 45 seminarians.

Ecclesiastical province[edit]

Its Suffragan sees are :

Episcopal ordinaries[edit]

(all Roman Rite)

Suffragan Bishops of Paraíba
  • Bishop Adauctus Aurélio de Miranda Henriques (1894.01.02 – 1914.02.06 see below)
Metropolitan Archbishops of Paraíba

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Coordinates: 7°06′55″S 34°53′04″W / 7.1154°S 34.8844°W / -7.1154; -34.8844