Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Rhodes

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Archdiocese of Rhodes
Archidioecesis Rhodiensis
Αρχιεπισκοπή Ρόδου
Location
Country Greece
Metropolitan Immediately subject to the Holy See
Statistics
Area 2,714 km2 (1,048 sq mi)
Population
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2010)
150,000
2,000 (1.3%)
Information
Rite Latin Rite
Established 28 March 1928
Cathedral Cathedral of St Francis of Assisi
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Sede vacante
Apostolic Administrator Sevastianos Rossolatos

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Rhodes (Latin: Archidioecesis Rhodiensis) is an exempt, non-Metropolitan archdiocese, former titular see and originally a diocese later promoted to metropolitan archdiocese.

It is directly subject to the Holy See, not part of an ecclesiastical province, and has its cathedral see Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi in the eponymous capital of the island of Rhodes in Greece.

One former cathedral of "Our Lady of the Castle" was turned into a mosque during the Ottoman period and is now a museum, the other former cathedral of St. John was turned into a Greek Orthodox church.

History[edit]

An ancient diocese was established in Rhodes around 200 AD and promoted to Metropolitan Archdiocese around 400 AD. It continues as the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Rhodes.

A Roman Catholic see was established on the island when it became the seat of the Knights Hospitaller in 1308. In 1523, with the fall of the island to the Ottoman Empire, it was suppressed as a residential diocese but turned into a titular see.

On March 28, 1928, it was restored as non-metropolitan, exempt Archdiocese of Rhodos on the territory of the suppressed Apostolic Prefecture of Rhodes and adjacent islands.

Episcopal ordinaries[edit]

Metropolitan Archbishops of Rhodes
  • Belijan (? – 1324.09.26), later Metropolitan Archbishop of Salona (Croatia) (1324.09.26 – 1328.01.28)
  • Ugo de Scuria, Friars Minor (O.F.M.) (1351.06.20 – 1361.12.15), later Metropolitan Archbishop of Ragusa (Croatia) (1361.12.15 – 1370.07.12), finally Archbishop-Bishop of Ostuni (Italy) (1370.07.12 – death 1374)

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Titular Archbishops of Rhodes

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Exempt Archbishops of Rhodes

See also[edit]

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Coordinates: 36°26′37″N 28°13′37″E / 36.4437°N 28.2270°E / 36.4437; 28.2270