Roman Catholic Diocese of Verapaz

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Diocese of Verapaz
Dioecesis Verae Pacis
Location
Country Guatemala
Ecclesiastical province Province of Guatemala City
Metropolitan Oscar Julio Vian Morales, S.D.B.
Statistics
Area 11,810 km2 (4,560 sq mi)
Population
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2010)
1,318,000
1,119,000 (84.9%)
Parishes 34
Information
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Latin Rite
Established 27 July 1921 (96 years ago)
Cathedral Catedral de Santo Domingo de Guzmán
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Rodolfo Valenzuela Núñez
Emeritus Bishops Gerardo Humberto Flores Reyes
Map
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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Verapaz (also Vera Paz, Cobán) is a Latin suffragan diocese in the ecclesiastical province of the Archdiocese of Guatemala.

Its cathedral episcopal see is the Catedral de Santo Domingo de Guzman, dedicated to Saint Dominic of Guzman, at Cobán, in Alta Verapaz.

History[edit]

It was erected a first time on 1561.06.21 as Diocese of Verapaz, on territory split off from the then Roman Catholic Diocese of Guatemala, as a suffragan of the Metropolitan Mexico, but was suppressed on 1603.06.23.

It was restored on 27 July 1921 albeit demoted, as the Apostolic Vicariate of Verapaz and Petén, on territory split off from the meanwhile Metropolitan Archdiocese of Guatemala, a missionary pre-diocesan jurisdiction, exempt (directly subject to the Holy See, not yet part of an ecclesiastical province).

On 14 January 1935, it was promoted as Diocese of Vera Paz, also known after its see as Diocese of Cobán. On 1951.03.10, it lost territory to establish the then Apostolic Administration of El Petén.

On Tuesday, 22 July 2014, according to the official Daily Bulletin of the Holy See Press Office for the day (which also lists papal appointments and resignations, as part of the Vatican's website), Pope Francis appointed the incumbent Bishop of Verapaz, Cobán, Rodolfo Valenzuela Núñez, to a five-year-long, renewable term as a Member of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.[1]

Episcopal ordinaries[edit]

Colonial Suffragan Bishops of Verapaz
Apostolic Vicars of Verapaz

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Modern Suffragan Bishops of Verapaz

Sources and external links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/it/bollettino/pubblico/2014/07/22/0530/01177.html
  2. ^ "Father Pedro de Angulo, O.P." Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved September 11, 2016
  3. ^ "Bishop Pedro de la Peña, O.P."Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved September 11, 2016
  4. ^ "Bishop Tomás de Cárdenas, O.P." Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved September 11, 2016
  5. ^ "Bishop Antonio de Hervias, O.P." Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved September 11, 2016
  6. ^ "Bishop Juan Fernández de Rosillo (Rovillo)" Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved September 11, 2016
  7. ^ "Bishop Juan Fernández de Rosillo" GCatholic.org. Gabriel Chow. Retrieved September 11, 2016