Roman Catholic Diocese of Laghouat

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Diocese of Laghouat
Dioecesis Laghuatensis
Diocèse de Laghouat.PNG
Map of the Diocese of Laghouat (Shown in yellow encompassing all of southern Algeria)
Country  Algeria
Ecclesiastical province Immediately subject to the Holy See
Metropolitan Laghouat
Area 2,107,708 km2 (813,791 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2013)
1,200 (0.0%)
Rite Roman
Established July 19, 1901 (1901-07-19)
Cathedral Cathedral of Ghardaïa (as Pro-Cathedral), in Ghardaïa
Secular priests 11
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop John MacWilliam, M. Afr.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Laghouat (Latin: Dioecesis Laghuatensis) is a Roman Catholic diocese, covering the sparsely populated Saharan inland of Algeria.

It is exempt, i.e. immediately subject to the Holy See (not part of any ecclesiastical province), and depends on the misisonary Roman Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.

Its episcopal see is the Pro-Cathedral in Ghardaïa, but it also had a former Cathedral (now secularized): Ex-church of Saint-Hilarion, in the eponymous city of Laghouat.



As per 2014, it pastorally served 1,200 Catholics (0.0% of 4,416,000 total) on 2,107,708 km² in 10 parishes with 15 priests (3 diocesan, 12 religious), 46 lay religious (17 brothers, 29 sisters) .


Apostolic Prefects of Ghardaïa[edit]

Apostolic Prefects of Ghardaïa nel Sahara[edit]

Apostolic Vicar of Ghardaïa nel Sahara[edit]

Bishops of Laghouat[edit]

  1. Georges-Louis Mercier, MAfr (14 September 1955 – 11 January 1968)
  2. Jean-Marie Michel Arthur Alix Zacharie Raimbaud, MAfr (11 January 1968 – 25 June 1989)
  3. Michel-Joseph-Gérard Gagnon, MAfr (4 February 199 – 11 June 2004)
  4. Claude Jean Narcisse Rault, MAfr (26 October 2004 – 16 March 2017)
  5. John MacWilliam, MAfr (16 March 2017 – )

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Coordinates: 32°29′00″N 3°40′00″E / 32.4833°N 3.6667°E / 32.4833; 3.6667