Roman Catholic Diocese of Beja

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Diocese of Beja
Dioecesis Beiensis
Diocese de Beja
Country Portugal
Ecclesiastical provinceEvora
MetropolitanArchdiocese of Evora
Area12,300 km2 (4,700 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2012)
186,100 (83.4%)
DenominationRoman Catholic
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteRoman Rite
Established10 July 1770
CathedralCathedral of St. James the Greater in Beja
Patron saintSaint Joseph
Current leadership
BishopAntónio Vitalino Fernandes Dantas
Metropolitan ArchbishopJosé Francisco Sanches Alves
CoadjutorRev. Canon José Marcos dos Santos (Coadjutor Bishop-elect)[1]
Dioceses de Portugal.PNG
Website of the Diocese

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Beja (Latin: Dioecesis Beiensis) is a suffragan of the archdiocese of Évora.[2]


Beja lies on the site of Pax Julia, or Paca, of the Romans, and is still surrounded by remains of old Roman walls, partly restored. The diocese was created 10 June, 1770. Beja was taken from its Islamic rulers in 1162 by Afonso I of Portugal. Beja Cathedral is an old church, much modernized, of uncertain date.[3]

The chronicler Isidorus Pacensis, of the eighth century, was traditionally said to have been bishop of Beja; but this is now disputed.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-10-13. Retrieved 2014-10-11.
  2. ^ David M. Cheney. "Beja (Diocese)". Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved 2016-11-26.[self-published source]
  3. ^ "Catholic Encyclopedia: Beja". Retrieved 2016-11-26.
  4. ^ S. M. Imamuddin, Muslim Spain 711-1492 A.D.: A Sociological Study (1981), p. 19.

External links[edit]

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainHerbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "article name needed". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton.

Coordinates: 38°01′01″N 7°51′53″W / 38.0169°N 7.8647°W / 38.0169; -7.8647