Roman Catholic Diocese of Saltillo

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Diocese of Saltillo
Dioecesis Saltillensis
Diócesis de Saltillo
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Catedral de Santiago
Country Mexico
Ecclesiastical province Province of Monterrey
Metropolitan Piedras Negras, Coahuila
Area 21,864 sq mi (56,630 km2)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2004)
524,987 (96.1%)
Parishes 60
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Roman Rite
Established 23 June 1891 (126 years ago)
Cathedral Cathedral of St. James
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop José Raúl Vera López, O.P.
Metropolitan Archbishop Rogelio Cabrera López
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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Saltillo (Latin: Dioecesis Saltillensis) (erected 23 June 1891) is a suffragan diocese of the Archdiocese of Monterrey.


The Franciscan Father Andres de Leon was one of the first missionaries in this territory in the sixteenth century. In 1827 the name of Saltillo was changed to Ciudad Leona Vicario, in honor of the Mexican heroine of that name, but the original name always prevailed. The Franciscan Fathers of the Province of Jalisco had eight missions in Coahuila, which, in 1777, formed part of the See of Linares, or Monterey, and belonged to it until 1891, when Pope Leo XIII erected the See of Saltillo with jurisdiction over the entire State of Coahuila.[1]

According to the Catholic News Agency (CNA), Bishop Raul Vera Lopez of Saltillo, Mexico will meet with Cardinal Marc Ouellet, the Cardinal Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops in the Vatican's Roman Curia, "to discuss Bishop Vera's support for the San Elredo Community, an organization that embraces homosexuality." The San Elredo Community has become a separate organization apart from the Diocese of Saltillo.[2]


Territorial losses[edit]

Date Reason
19 June 1957 to form the Diocese of Torreón
8 January 2003 to form the Diocese of Piedras Negras

Episcopal See[edit]

External links and references[edit]

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainHerbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Diocese of Saltillo". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton.