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Tomasz Peta

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His Excellency

Tomasz Bernard Peta
Archbishop of Maria Santissima in Astana
ChurchCatholic Church
ArchdioceseMary Most Holy in Astana
Appointed17 May 2003
Ordination5 June 1976
by Stefan Wyszyński
Consecration19 March 2001
by John Paul II
RankMetropolitan Archbishop
Personal details
Born (1951-08-20) 20 August 1951 (age 72)
ResidenceAstana, Kazakhstan
Previous post(s)Apostolic Administrator of Astana (1999-2003)

Tomasz Bernard Peta (Russian: Томаш Бернард Пэта; born on 20 August 1951 in Inowrocław, Poland) is the current Catholic Archbishop of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Saint Mary in the city of Astana, and the President of the Bishops' Conference of Kazakhstan from May 19, 2003.[1] He speaks the Polish, Russian and Kazakh languages and is citizen of Kazakhstan.


On 5 June 1976, Peta was ordained to the priesthood from the diocese of Gniezno by Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński.[2] He began his work in Kazakhstan on 21 August 1990 as the parish of Mary - Queen of Peace in the village of Lakeside Tayynshinsky region of North Kazakhstan region. On 6 August 1999 Pope John Paul II appointed him Apostolic Administrator in Astana.[3] On 19 March 2001 by decision[4] of the Holy See, Peta was ordained bishop. On 17 May 2003 the Pope raised[5] the Apostolic Administration in Astana to the level of archdiocese titled Archdiocese of Saint Mary in Astana. Then, on June 16, 2003, Tomasz Peta was appointed[6] Archbishop, Metropolitan Archdiocese of St. Mary in Astana. On 19 May 2003, he was elected President of the Conference of Bishops of Kazakhstan. On 1 April 2008 Pope Benedict XVI appointed[7] the Metropolitan Tomasz Peta to the Congregation for the Clergy, dealing with life and work of the priests.

Declaration of Truths[edit]

On June 10, 2019, Peta, along with cardinals Raymond Leo Burke and Jānis Pujats, in addition to Astana Auxiliary Bishop Athanasius Schneider and fellow Kazach archbishop Jan Paweł Lenga, published a 40-point "Declaration of Truths" claiming to reaffirm traditional Church teaching. The bishops wrote that such a declaration was necessary in a time of "almost universal doctrinal confusion and disorientation." Specific passages in the declaration implicitly relate to several writings by Pope Francis. The declaration states that "the religion born of faith in Jesus Christ" is the "only religion positively willed by God," seemingly alluding to the Document on Human Fraternity signed by Pope Francis on February 4, which stated that the "diversity of religions" is "willed by God." Following recent changes to the Catechism to oppose capital punishment, the declaration states that the Church "did not err" in teaching that civil authorities may "lawfully exercise capital punishment" when it is "truly necessary" and to preserve the "just order of societies."[8]

Call for Peace[edit]

On January 10, 2022, during a Day of Mourning following weeks of civil unrest, Peta issued a call for peace. Lamenting the nearly 200 deaths caused by the violence, he instructed his priests to celebrate mass on January 13 and "to pray for victims and peace in our beloved Kazakhstan. The archbishop himself celebrated mass for that intention in the cathedral, and said "On Sunday, after the Angelus prayer, Pope Francis spoke about the incidents in Kazakhstan. He entrusted Kazakhstan to the protection of Our Lady Queen of Peace of Oziornoje. Following the Pope's appeal, we also want to ask for peace through the intercession of the patroness of our country, the Queen of Peace."[9]


  1. ^ "Томаш Пэта". Католическая Церковь (in Russian). Retrieved 2021-11-07.
  2. ^ "Archbishop Peta: Pope's visit to Kazakhstan a 'great blessing' - Vatican News". www.vaticannews.va. Vatican News. 6 September 2022. Archived from the original on September 6, 2022. Retrieved 22 May 2023.
  3. ^ "91 Acta Apostolicae Sedis 1030 (1999)" (PDF). The Holy See. 1999. Retrieved June 29, 2018.
  4. ^ "93 Acta Apostolicae Sedis 334 (2001)" (PDF). The Holy See. 2001. Retrieved June 29, 2018.
  5. ^ "95 Acta Apostolicae Sedis 569" (PDF). The Holy See. September 8, 2003. Retrieved June 29, 2018.
  6. ^ "95 Acta Apostolicae Sedis 641" (PDF). The Holy See. September 8, 2003. Retrieved June 29, 2003.
  7. ^ "100 Acta Apostolicae Sedis 263 (2008)" (PDF). The Holy See. April 4, 2008. Retrieved June 29, 2018.
  8. ^ Pentin, Edward (June 10, 2019). "New 'Declaration of Truths' Affirms Key Church Teachings". June 20, 2019. Retrieved June 20, 2019.
  9. ^ ACN (2022-01-12). "Catholic bishops of Kazakhstan request prayers for peace in the country". ACN International. Retrieved 2022-11-02.

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