Roman Catholic Diocese of Essen

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Diocese of Essen

Dioecesis Essendiensis

Bistum Essen
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Essen Cathedral
Location
Country Germany
Ecclesiastical provinceCologne
MetropolitanEssen, North Rhine-Westphalia
Statistics
Area1,877 km2 (725 sq mi)
Population
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2013)
2,525,313
844,188 (33.4%)
Information
DenominationCatholic
RiteRoman Rite
Established1 January 1958
CathedralEssen Cathedral
Patron saintOur Lady of Good Counsel
Current leadership
PopeFrancis
BishopFranz-Josef Overbeck
Bishop of Essen
Metropolitan ArchbishopRainer Maria Woelki
Auxiliary BishopsLudger Schepers, Franz Vorrath
Emeritus BishopsFelix Genn
Map
Karte Bistum Essen.png
Website
bistum-essen.de

The Diocese of Essen is a bishopric of the Catholic Church in Germany, founded on 1 January 1958. The Bishop of Essen is seated in Essen Cathedral (Essener Dom or Essener Münster), once the church of Essen Abbey, and over one thousand years old.

The diocese contains about one million Catholics in the heavily urbanized and industrial Ruhr Area.[1]

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Coordinates: 51°27′21″N 7°00′49″E / 51.4559°N 7.0135°E / 51.4559; 7.0135