Catholic Church in Kosovo

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Catholicism in Kosovo, 2011 census.

The Catholic Church has a population in Kosovo[a] of approximately 65,000 in a region of roughly 2 million people. Another 60,000 Kosovar Catholics are outside the region, mainly for work.[1] They are mainly ethnic Albanians, with a few Croats.

One of the oldest Catholic Churches in Kosovo is the Catholic Church of Vinarc, in Mitrovica. [2][3] The Roman Catholic Apostolic Administration of Prizren is the ecclesiastical territory or Apostolic Administration of the Roman Catholic Church in Kosovo. It is centered in the city of Prizren. Bishop Dodë Gjergji serves as administrator of the Apostolic Administration currently. Archbishop Juliusz Janusz, 66, originally a priest of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Krakow, Poland, is the Apostolic Nuncio to Slovenia and the Apostolic Delegate to Kosovo; he had served previously as Apostolic Nuncio to Hungary and before that as Apostolic Nuncio to Mozambique and Rwanda.

Currently the Holy See does not recognise Kosovo as a sovereign state (see also Holy See's reaction to the 2008 Kosovo declaration of independence).


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a. ^ Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Kosovo and the Republic of Serbia. The Republic of Kosovo unilaterally declared independence on 17 February 2008, but Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory. The two governments began to normalise relations in 2013, as part of the Brussels Agreement. Kosovo has received formal recognition as an independent state from 111 out of 193 United Nations member states.