Apostolic Vicariate of Anatolia

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Apostolic Vicariate of Anatolia
Vicariatus Apostolicus Anatoliensis
Anadolu Apostolik taşındi
Location
Country Turkey
Metropolitan Immediately subject to the Holy See
Population
- Catholics
(as of 2010)
4,363
Information
Rite Latin Rite
Cathedral Cathedral of the Annunciation, İskenderun
Co-cathedral Co-Cathedral of St. Anthony of Padua, Mersin
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Apostolic Vicar Bishop-elect Padre Paolo Bizzeti, S.I., Titular Bishop-elect of Tabe, was appointed Vicar Apostolic-elect of Anatolia by Pope Francis to succeed Bishop Luigi Padovese on Saturday, August 15, 2015[1]
Apostolic Administrator Ruggero Franceschini
Map
Apostolicus Vicariatus Anatoliensis.svg
Website
Website of the Vicariate

The Apostolic Vicariate of Anatolia (Latin: Vicariatus Apostolicus Anatoliensis) is a Roman Catholic Latin apostolic vicariate, in the eastern half of Anatolia (Asian Turkey).

The missionary pre-diocesan jurisdiction is exempt, i.e. directly dependent on the Holy See (notably the Roman Congregation for the Oriental Churches, unusual for a Latin see), not part of any ecclesiastical province.

Its cathedral episcopal see is the Marian Cathedral of the Annunciation, in İskenderun (Alexandria). It also has a Co-Cathedral of St. Anthony of Padua, in Mersin.

History[edit]

Ordinaries[edit]

(all Roman Rite, so far missionary European members of Latin congregations)

Apostolic Prefects of Trabzon (Independent Mission)
see suppressed
Ecclesiastical Superiors of Trabzon
Apostolic Vicars of Anatolia
  • Ruggero Franceschini, O.F.M. Cap. (July 2, 1993 – October 11, 2004), Titular Bishop of Sicilibba (1993.07.02 – 2004.10.11); later Metropolitan Archbishop of Izmir (Turkey) (2004.10.11 – retired 2015.11.07), Apostolic Administrator of Anatolia (Turkey) (2010.06.12 – 2015.08.14); President of Episcopal Conference of Turkey (2001 – 2007.10 & 2010.09 – 2015.11.07)
  • Luigi Padovese, O.F.M. Cap. (October 11, 2004 – death June 3, 2010), Titular Bishop of Monteverde (2004.10.11 – 2010.06.03)
  • Apostolic Administrator again, now sede vacante et ad nutum Sanctae Sedis) Archbishop Ruggero Franceschini, O.F.M. Cap. (see above June 12, 2010 – 2015.08.14)
  • Paolo Bizzeti, Jesuits (S.J.) (2015.08.14 – ...), Titular Bishop of Tabæ

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