Roman Catholic Diocese of Crete

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Diocese of Crete
Dioecesis Candiensis
Επισκοπή Κρήτης
Location
Country Greece
Ecclesiastical province Naxos, Andros, Tinos and Mykonos
Metropolitan Naxos, Andros, Tinos and Mykonos
Statistics
Area 8,393 km2 (3,241 sq mi)
Population
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2013)
512,000
5,000 (1%)
Information
Rite Latin Rite
Established 1213
(As Archdiocese of Candia)
28 August 1874
(As Diocese of Crete)
Cathedral Cathedral of the Assumption, Chania
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Sede Vacante
Apostolic Administrator Petros Stefanou

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Crete (Latin: Dioecesis Candiensis) is a diocese located on the island of Crete in the Ecclesiastical province of Naxos, Andros, Tinos and Mykonos in Greece.

History[edit]

Roman Catholic presence on the island of Crete dates to its conquest by the Republic of Venice in the years after the Fourth Crusade (1204), and its establishment as a Venetian colony in 1212. Immediately after that, the first Latin Rite Archbishop of Crete was appointed, with a succession of holders until the Ottoman conquest of the island in the Cretan War (1645–69). Thereafter the see remained vacant, until re-established as a simple bishopric on 28 August 1874, initially a suffragan of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Izmir, but today a suffragan of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Naxos, Andros, Tinos and Mykonos.

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Modern period[edit]

Venetian period[edit]

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Coordinates: 35°30′56″N 24°01′03″E / 35.5155°N 24.0176°E / 35.5155; 24.0176