Roman Catholic Diocese of Zacapa y Santo Cristo de Esquipulas

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Diocese of Zacapa y Santo Cristo de Esquipulas
Dioecesis Zacapensis y de Esquipulas
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Basílica del Cristo Negro de Esquipulas
Location
Country Guatemala
Ecclesiastical province Province of Guatemala City
Metropolitan Oscar Julio Vian Morales, S.D.B.
Statistics
Area 5,598 km2 (2,161 sq mi)
Population
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2014)
613,000
528,000 (86.1%)
Parishes 23
Information
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Latin Rite
Established 10 March 1951 (66 years ago)
Cathedral Catedral San Pedro
Co-cathedral Basílica del Cristo Negro de Esquipulas
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Angel Antonio Recinos Lemus

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Zacapa (y Santo Cristo de Esquipulas) is a Latin suffragan diocese in the ecclesiastical province of the Archdiocese of Guatemala.

Its cathedral episcopal see is catedral San Pedro (dedicated to saint Peter), in Zacapa. It also had a virtual Co-cathedral, Basílica del Cristo Negro de Esquipulas, which is officially still the cathedral of the Territorial Prelature of Santo Cristo de Esquipulas.

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It was erected 10 March 1951, as the Diocese of Zacapa, on terrotory split off from the Archdiocese of Guatemala (still its Metropolitan].

On 16 September 1956, it lost territory to establish the Territorial Prelature of Santo Cristo de Esquipulas, and again on 30 April 1968 to establish the then Apostolic Administration of Izabal.

It was (re)united aeque principaliter (in permanent personal union) with the Territorial Prelature of Santo Cristo de Esquipulas on 24 June 1986 and since assumed the name Diocese of Zacapa y Santo Cristo de Esquipulas.

It enjoyed a papal visit from Pope John Paul II in February 1996.

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