Roman Catholic Diocese of Barinas

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Diocese of Barinas
Dioecesis Barinensis
Catedral de Barinas, Venezuela.jpg
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Pillar
Location
Country  Venezuela
Ecclesiastical province Mérida
Statistics
Area 35,200 km2 (13,600 sq mi)
Population
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2006)
647,000
609,000 (94.1%)
Information
Rite Latin Rite
Established 23 July 1965 (53 years ago)
Cathedral Catedral de Nuestra Señora del Pilar
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Ramón Antonio Linares Sandoval

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Barinas (Latin: Dioecesis Barinensis) is a suffragan Latin diocese, in the Ecclesiastical province of Mérida, in western Venezuela's land-lockes Barinas state.

Its cathedral episcopal see is the Marian catedral de Nuestra Señora del Pilar, dedicated to Our Lady of the Pillar, located in the eponymous state capital Barinas.

History[edit]

Episcopal ordinaries[edit]

Suffragan Bishops of Barinas
  • Rafael Angel González Ramírez (1965.07.23 – 1992.08.01)
  • Antonio José López Castillo (1992.08.01 – 2001.12.27) ; previously Titular Bishop of Theuzi (1988.02.26 – 1992.08.01) & Auxiliary Bishop of Maracaibo (Venezuela) (1988.02.26 – 1992.08.01; later Metropolitan Archbishop of Calabozo (Venezuela) (2001.12.27 – 2007.12.22), Metropolitan Archbishop of Barquisimeto (Venezuela) (2007.12.22 – ...)
  • Ramón Antonio Linares Sandoval (2002.07.16 – retired 2013.08.30), previously Bishop of Puerto Cabello (Venezuela) (1994.07.05 – 2002.07.16); later Apostolic Administrator of Acarigua–Araure (Venezuela) (2013.12 – 2015.08.10)
  • José Luis Azuaje Ayala (2013.08.30 – ...), also Vice-President of Episcopal Conference of Venezuela (2012.01.12 – ...); previously titular Bishop of Italica (1999.03.18 – 2006.07.15) & Auxiliary Bishop of Barquisimeto (Venezuela) (1999.03.18 – 2006.07.15), Apostolic Administrator of El Vigía–San Carlos del Zulia (Venezuela) (2005 – 2006.07.15), promoted Bishop of El Vigía–San Carlos del Zulia (2006.07.15 – 2013.08.30)

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Sources and external links[edit]

Coordinates: 8°37′54″N 70°12′35″W / 8.6317°N 70.2098°W / 8.6317; -70.2098