Apostolic Vicariate of Anatolia

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Apostolic Vicariate of Anatolia
Vicariatus Apostolicus Anatoliensis
Anadolu Apostolik taşındi
Country  Turkey
Metropolitan Immediately subject to the Holy See
- Catholics
(as of 2010)
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
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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.



(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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