Roman Catholic Diocese of Ciudad Juárez

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Diocese of Ciudad Juárez
Dioecesis Civitatis Iuarezensis
Diócesis de Ciudad Juárez
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Catedral de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe
Country  Mexico
Ecclesiastical province Province of Chihuahua
Metropolitan Ciudad Juárez
Area 11,448 sq mi (29,650 km2)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2006)
2,179,000 (85%)
Parishes 68
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Roman Rite
Established 10 April 1957 (61 years ago)
Cathedral Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Renato Ascencio León
Metropolitan Archbishop Constancio Miranda Weckmann
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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Ciudad Juárez (Latin: Dioecesis Civitatis Iuarezensis) is located in the northern Mexican city of the same name, across the Río Grande from El Paso, Texas. It is part of the ecclesiastical province of Chihuahua and is a suffragan diocese of the Archdiocese of Chihuahua [1].


The Diocese of Ciudad Juárez was erected by Pope Pius XII[2] on 10 April 1957 from the Diocese of Chihuahua because of the population growth in the northern part of the state of Chihuahua. Pope Pius named Manuel Talamás Camandari [3] as the first bishop, and by 1966 he was overseeing a diocese of 565,000 faithful. When Bishop Talamás retired in 1992, the diocese consisted of more than one million Catholics.

Juan Sandoval Íñiguez[4] was selected by Pope John Paul II to succeed Talamás as second bishop on 11 July 1992, but remained for less than two years before being transferred to Guadalajara to replace the assassinated archbishop, Cardinal Juan Jesús Posadas Ocampo on 21 April 1994. His successor was Renato Ascencio León [5], who had been subsequently the bishop of the neighboring Diocese of Cuauhtémoc-Madera, Chihuahua. Bishop Ascencio was installed on 7 October 1994, and administers a diocese with a Catholic population(2006) of 2,179,000.


According to the Church census of 2006, the diocese is also made up of 124 priests, 68 parishes, 219 female and male religious, and covers 29,639 square kilometers(11,448 square miles). There are 17,572 faithful for each priest.




Coordinates: 31°44′19″N 106°29′13″W / 31.7387°N 106.4869°W / 31.7387; -106.4869