Roman Catholic Diocese of Funchal

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Coordinates: 32°38′54″N 16°54′30″W / 32.648333°N 16.908333°W / 32.648333; -16.908333

Diocese of Funchal
Dioecesis Funchalensis
Diocese do Funchal
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Country Portugal, Portugal
Territory Madeira, Autonomous Region of Madeira
Ecclesiastical province Lisbon
Metropolitan Patriarchate of Lisbon
Headquarters Largo Conde Ribeiro Real 49, Funchal
Coordinates 32°38′54″N 16°54′30″W / 32.648333°N 16.908333°W / 32.648333; -16.908333
Area 800 km2 (310 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2006)
270,000[1] (95.7%)
Parishes 52
Rite Roman Rite
Established 12 January 1514
Cathedral Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption in Funchal
Patron saint James the Less
Language Portuguese
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop of Funchal António III
Metropolitan Archbishop Manuel III
Vicar General José Fiel de Sousa
Episcopal Vicars Carlos Duarte Lino Nunes
Judicial Vicar Marcos Fernandes Gonçalves
Emeritus Bishops Teodoro de Faria (1982–2007)
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The Diocese of Funchal (Latin: Dioecesis Funchalensis) was created originally on 12 January 1514, by bull Pro excellenti præeminentia of Pope Leo X, following the elevation of Funchal from a village to the status of town (cidade), by King Manuel I of Portugal (royal mandate of 21 August 1508). The new diocese was a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Lisbon.

Nineteen years later, on 31 January 1533, it was elevated to Archiepiscopal rank. For twenty-two years it was, in terms of geography, the largest metropolitan ecclesiastical province in the world, with the following suffragan dioceses: Azores, Brazil, Africa[2] and Goa. The first (and only) Archbishop was D. Martinho of Portugal, who had the title of Primate. On 3 July 1551, a restructuring of the dioceses of Portugal and the Portuguese empire led to the extinction of the Archdiocese of Funchal and its return to diocesan status. In 1570, Funchal was once more made a suffragan of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Lisbon, as it remains today.

None of the first three bishops appointed visited Madeira; only the fourth, Frei Jorge de Lemos, took possession of the see in person.

Until the 20th century, the bishops of Funchal used the title of Bishop of Madeira, of Porto Santo, of Desertas and of Arguim. The seat of the Diocese of Funchal is the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption.

On 8 March 2007, Pope Benedict XVI appointed António José Cavaco Carrilho as Bishop of Funchal, until then Auxiliary Bishop of Porto. On 17 May 2014, Pope Francis nominated Cardinal Fernando Filoni to preside over the celebrations for the 500th anniversary of the foundation of the diocese.[3]

List of Bishops of Funchal[edit]

Bishpos do Funchal[edit]

1. D. Diego Pinheiro Lobo (1514–1526)

Archbishop of Funchal[edit]

2. D. Martinho de Portugal (1533–1547)

Bishops of Funchal[edit]

3. D. Frei Gaspar (I) do Casal (1551–1556)
4. D. Frei Jorge de Lemos (1556–1569)
5. D. Frei de Távora (1569–1573)
6. D. Jerónimo (I) Barreto (1573–1585)
7. D. Luís (I) de Figueiredo e Lemos (1585–1608)
8. D. Frei Lourenço de Távora (1610–1617)
9. D. Jerónimo (II) Fernando (1619–1650)
10. D. Frei Gabriel de Almeida (1670–1674)
11. D. Frei António (I) Teles da Silva (1674–1682)
12. D. Estêvão Brioso de Figueiredo (1683–1689)
13. D. Frei José (I) de Santa Maria (1690–1696)
14. D. José (I) de Sousa Castelo Branco (1698–1725)
15. D. Frei Manuel (I) Coutinho (1725–1741)
16. D. Frei João (I) do Nascimento (1741–1753)
17. D. Gaspar (II) Afonso da Costa Brandão (1756–1784)
18. D. José (III) da Costa Torres (1784–1796)
19. D. Luís (II) Rodrigues Vilares (1796–1811)
20. D. João (II) Joaquim Bernardino de Brito (1817–1819)
21. D. Francisco (I) José Rodrigues de Andrade (1821–1838)
22. D. José (IV) Xavier de Cerveira e Sousa (1844–1849)
23. D. Manuel (II) Martins Manso (1849–1858)
24. D. Patrício Xavier de Moura (1859–1872)
25. D. Aires de Ornelas e Vasconcelos (1872–1874)
26. D. Manuel (III) Agostinho Barreto (1876–1911)
27. D. António (II) Manuel Pereira Ribeiro (1914–1957)
28. D. Frei David de Sousa, O.F.M. (1957–1965)
29. D. João (III) António da Silva Saraiva (1965–1972)
30. D. Francisco (II) Antunes Santana (1974–1982)
31. D. Teodoro de Faria (1982–2007)
32. D. António José Cavaco Carrilho (2007 – present)


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