Roman Catholic Diocese of Antsirabé

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Diocese of Antsirabé
Dioecesis Antsirabensis
Location
Country  Madagascar
Metropolitan Antananarivo
Statistics
Area 16,000 km2 (6,200 sq mi)
Population
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2006)
1,355,000
799,574 (59.0%)
Information
Rite Latin Rite
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Philippe Ranaivomanana

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Antsirabé (Latin: Antsiraben(sis)) is a Latin suffragan diocese in the Ecclesiastical province of Antananarivo (one of five in Madagascar; in the national capital), yet depends on the missionary Roman Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.

Its cathedral episcopal see is the (Marian) Cathédrale Notre-Dame-de-la-Salette, in the city of Antsirabé, Antananarivo Province.

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As per 2014, it pastorally served 892,713 Catholics (45.4% of 1,967,703 total) on 16,000 km² in 29 parishes and 2 missions with 125 priests (64 diocesan, 61 religious), 519 lay religious (198 brothers, 321 sisters) and 74 seminarians.

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(Roman rite]], mostly members of missionary Latin congregations)

Apostolic Prefect of Betafó
Apostolic Vicars of Betafó
Apostolic Vicars of Antsirabé
  • François-Joseph Dantin, M.S. (see above 1921.01.10 – death 1941.07.05)
  • Édouard Rostaing, M.S. (born France) (1942.02.24 – death 1946.05.18), Titular Bishop of Curium (1942.02.24 – 1946.05.18)
  • Joseph-Paul Futy, M.S. (born France) (1947.02.13 – death 1955.03), Titular Bishop of Aspendus (1947.02.13 – 1956.08.12); previously Apostolic Prefect of Morondava (Madagascar) (1938 – 1947.02.13)
Suffragan Bishops of Antsirabé
  • Claude Rolland, M.S. (born France) (1955.12.19 – death 1973.10.15)
  • Jean-Maria Rakotondrasoa, M.S. (first native incumbent) (1974.02.28 – retired 1989.06.19), died 2002
  • Philibert Randriambololona, Society of Jesus (S.J.) (1989.06.19 – 1992.12.17), succeeding as previous Coadjutor Bishop of Antsirabé (1988.09.01 – 1989.06.19); later Metropolitan Archbishop of Fianarantsoa (Madagascar) (1992.12.17 – retired 2002.10.01)
  • Félix Ramananarivo, M.S. (1994.11.11 - retired 2009.11.13), died 2013
  • Philippe Ranaivomanana (2009.11.13 - ...), previously Bishop of Ihosy (Madagascar) (1999.01.02 – 2009.11.14)

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Coordinates: 19°52′14″S 47°02′07″E / 19.8706°S 47.0352°E / -19.8706; 47.0352