Roman Catholic Diocese of Viedma

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Diocese of Viedma
Dioecesis Viedmensis
Diócesis de Viedma
Country Argentina
Ecclesiastical province Bahía Blanca
Metropolitan Bahía Blanca
Area 89,000 km2 (34,000 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2010)
115,000 (73.2%)
Parishes 15
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Roman Rite
Established 20 April 1934 (83 years ago)
Cathedral Cathedral of Our lady of Mercy in Viedma, Río Negro
Patron saint Mary Help of Christians
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Esteban María Laxague
Metropolitan Archbishop Guillermo José Garlatti
Emeritus Bishops Miguel Esteban Hesayne

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Viedma (Dioecesis Viedmensis) is encompassed in the Ecclesiastical Province of Bahía Blanca. As of 2006 the Bishop was Monsignor Esteban María Laxague, Salesian of Don Bosco appointed by Pope John Paul II on October 31, 2002. The Diocese was erected on April 20, 1934. It is suffragant to the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Bahía Blanca. His predecessor was HVRE Marcelo Angiolo Melani, Bishop from June 28, 1995 until 2002, when Laxague took over. The Bishop Emeritus is HVRE Miguel Esteban Hesayne, appointed Bishop by Pope Paul VI on April 5, 1975 and in office until his 80th birthday on June 28, 1995, when he resigned as ruled by The Pope. Located in the Rio Negro Province, Argentina, has its see in the City of Viedma, by the shores of Río Negro River and close to the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. It encompasses a surface of about 89,000 square kilometers (34,000 sq mi).


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