Roman Catholic Territorial Prelature of Batanes

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Territorial Prelature of Batanes
Praelatura Territorialis Batanensis
Prelatura Teritoryal ng Batanes
Country Philippines
Ecclesiastical province Tuguegarao
Metropolitan Tuguegarao
Area 784 km2 (303 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2004)
16, 476
15, 505 (94.1%)
Denomination Roman Catholic
Sui iuris church Latin Church
Rite Roman Rite
Cathedral Cathedral of St Dominic of Guzman in Basco, Batanes
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Prelate Camilo Diaz Gregorio
Metropolitan Archbishop Sergio Utleg

The Territorial Prelature of Batanes (in Latin: Praelatura Territorialis Batanensis) is a Latin rite pre-diocesan, non-missionary jurisdiction of the Roman Catholic Church. It is a suffragan in the ecclesiastical province of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Tuguegarao on Luzon island in the Philippines.

The Cathedral of Santo Domingo de Guzman is the episcopal seat of the territorial prelate, in Basco, Batanes, Cagayan Valley. The current bishop is Camilo Díaz Gregorio.

Statistics and territory[edit]

As per 2014, it pastorally served 16,647 Catholics (94.5% of 17,609 total) on 784 km² in 6 parishes and 1 mission with 9 priests (diocesan), 4 lay religious (4 sisters), 2 seminarians.

The diocese includes the Philippine province of Batanes province and the municipality of Calayan in Cagayan Province. The territory is divided into six parishes. In 2004 there were 15,505 baptized about 16,476 inhabitants.


Episcopal Ordinaries[edit]

(all Roman Rite)

Prelates of Batanes and the Babuyan Islands
Prelates of Batanes
  • Paala Jose Salazar, O.P. (25 April 1996 - 23 November 2002), next Titular Bishop of Hippo Diarrhytus (2002.11.23 – 2004.05.29) as Auxiliary Bishop of Diocese of Butuan (Philippines) (2002.11.23 – 2003.06.11) and as Auxiliary Bishop of Archdiocese of Lipa (Philippines) (2003.06.11 – 2004.05.29)
  • Camilo Diaz Gregorio (13 September 2003 - retired 20 May 2017), previously Titular Bishop of Girus (1987.01.12 – 1989.05.20) as Auxiliary Bishop of Archdiocese of Cebu (Philippines) (1987.01.12 – 1989.05.20), Bishop of Bacolod (Philippines) (1989.05.20 – 2000.08.28)
  • Bishop-elect Danilo B. Ulep (20 May 2017 – ...), no previous prelature.

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