Roman Catholic Diocese of Faro

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Diocese of Faro

Dioecesis Pharaonensis

Diocese do Algarve
Country Portugal
Ecclesiastical provinceÉvora
MetropolitanArchdiocese of Evora
Area5,071 km2 (1,958 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2006)
350,000 (87.5%)
DenominationRoman Catholic
RiteLatin Rite
Established306 (As Diocese of Ossonoba)
1189 (As Diocese of Silves)
30 March 1577 (As Diocese of Faro)
CathedralCathedral of Saint Mary in Faro
Current leadership
BishopManuel Neto Quintas
Metropolitan ArchbishopJosé Francisco Sanches Alves
Emeritus BishopsManuel Madureira Dias Bishop Emeritus (1988-2004)
Dioceses de Portugal.PNG
Website of the Diocese

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Faro (Latin: Dioecesis Pharaonensis) is a suffragan of the archdiocese of Évora.[1] The current Bishop of Faro is Dom Manuel Neto Quintas.


A see in the Algarve region was founded at Ossonoba in 306. After the Islamic conquest, this place fell, and in 688, the see was suppressed. It was re-established in 1188 at Silves, and in 1218 was made suffragan to the archdiocese of Braga, then to the archdiocese of Seville, in 1393 to the archdiocese of Lisbon and finally, in 1540, to the archdiocese of Évora. The title was transferred to Faro, 30 March 1577.[2]


 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: 37°00′48″N 7°56′05″W / 37.0133°N 7.9348°W / 37.0133; -7.9348