Roman Catholic Diocese of Subotica
|Diocese of Subotica
|Metropolitan||Archdiocese of Belgrade|
|Area||8,042 km2 (3,105 sq mi)|
|(as of 2010)
|Sui iuris church||Latin Church|
|Established||10 February 1923
(As Apostolic Administration of Jugoslavenska Backa)
25 January 1968
(As Diocese of Subotica)
|Cathedral||Cathedral of St. Teresa of Avila in Subotica|
|Metropolitan Archbishop||Stanislav Hočevar|
Map of organization of Catholic Church in Serbia
Subotica Bishopric - Yellow
|Website of the Diocese|
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Subotica (Latin: Dioecesis Suboticana, Serbian: Суботичка бискупија / Subotička biskupija, Hungarian: Szabadkai Egyházmegye, Croatian: Subotička biskupija, Bunjevac: Subotička biskupija) is a diocese of the Roman Catholic Church in Serbia. It is subject to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Belgrade. The Diocese is centered in the city of Subotica. János Pénzes currently serves as bishop.
Until the end of First World War, the territory of the present-day Diocese of Subotica belonged to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kalocsa. After the collapse of Austria-Hungary, region of Southern Bačka was incorporated into newly formed Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (later known as Yugoslavia). In 1923, an Apostolic Administration of Yugoslav Bačka was created. Before the end of Second World War, there was a sizable number of Roman Catholic Germans in the region of Bačka. In 1968, apostolic administration was reorganized into "Diocese of Subotica". In 1986, it was and placed under metropolitan jurisdiction of Roman Catholic Archbishop of Belgrade.
From the middle 1980s, and especially during the 1990s, number of Catholics in the territory of this diocese decreased due to various reasons, including low birth rates among local Roman Catholics, economic emigration, and ethnic tensions of the Yugoslav wars.
Administrators and bishops
The diocese runs the only Catholic high school in the country, the Paulinum gymnasium.