Roman Catholic Diocese of Leiria-Fátima

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Diocese of Leiria-Fátima
Dioecesis Leiriensis-Fatimensis
Diocese de Leiria-Fátima
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The Episcopal Cathedral of Leiria-Fátima
Location
Country  Portugal
Ecclesiastical province Lisbon
Metropolitan Patriarchate of Lisbon
Statistics
Area 1,700 km2 (660 sq mi)
Population
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2013)
296,362
272,162 (91.8%)
Information
Denomination Roman Catholic
Sui iuris church Latin Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established 17 January 1918
Cathedral Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Leiria
Patron saint Our Lady of Fátima
St Augustine of Hippo
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop António Augusto dos Santos Marto
Metropolitan Archbishop Manuel III
Emeritus Bishops Serafim de Sousa Ferreira e Silva Bishop Emeritus (1993-2006)
Map
Location of diocese of Leiria-Fátima
Location of diocese of Leiria-Fátima
Website
Website of the Diocese

The Portuguese Roman Catholic Diocese of Leiria–Fátima (Latin: Dioecesis Leiriensis–Fatimensis) is a Latin rite suffragan diocese in the ecclesiastical province of the Metropolitan Patriarchate of Lisbon.[1]

The main church of the episcopal see is the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Conception, in Leiria. It also has two minor basilicas, both in Fátima: the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary and the Basilica of the Holy Trinity, and also a World Heritage Site: the Monastery of Saint Mary of the Victory, in Batalha, as a decommissioned former Cathedral (now ruined): Church of Our Lady of Pena.

History[edit]

Statistics[edit]

As per 2014, it pastorally served 266,792 Catholics (91.6% of 291,144 total) on 1,700 km² in 75 parishes and 6 missions with 156 priests (92 diocesan, 64 religious), 767 lay religious (77 brothers, 690 sisters) and 6 seminarians.

Bishops[edit]

Bishops of Leiria[edit]

  • Brás de Barros, C.R.S.A. (1545-1556)
  • Gaspar do Casal, O.E.S.A. (1557-1579)
  • António Pinheiro (1579-1582)
  • Pedro de Castilho (1583-1604)
  • Martim Afonso Mexia (1605-1615)
  • António de Santa Maria (1616-1623)
  • Francisco de Menezes (1625-1627)
  • Dinis de Melo e Castro (1627-1636)
  • Pedro Barbosa de Eça (1636-1640)
  • Pedro Vieira da Silva (1670-1676)
  • Domingos de Gusmão, O.P. (1677-1678)
  • José de Lencastre, O.Carm. (1681-1694)
  • Álvaro de Abranches e Noronha (1694-1746)
  • Joao de Nossa Senhora (1746-1760)
  • Miguel de Bulhoes e Sousa (1761-1779)
  • Lourenco de Lancastre (1780-1790)
  • Manuel de Aguiar (1790-1815)
  • Joao Inacio de Fonseca Manso (1818-1834)
  • Guilherme Henriques de Carvalho (1943-1845)
  • Manuel José da Costa (1846-1851)
  • Joaquim Ferreira Ferraz (1852-1873)
  • José Alves Correia da Silva (1920-1957)
  • João Pereira Venâncio, O.R.C. (1958-1972)
  • Alberto Cosme do Amaral (1972-1984)

Bishops of Leiria-Fatima[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

Sources and external links[edit]

Coordinates: 39°44′46″N 8°48′25″W / 39.7461°N 8.8070°W / 39.7461; -8.8070