Apostolic Vicariate of Esmeraldas

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Apostolic Vicariate of Esmeraldas
Apostolicus Vicariatus Esmeraldensis
Country  Ecuador
Area 15,260 km2 (5,890 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2010)
493,000 (91%)
Parishes 22
Denomination Catholic Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established 14 December 1945 (72 years ago)
Cathedral Catedral Cristo Rey
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Apostolic Vicar Eugenio Arellano Fernández, M.C.C.I.
Ecuador - Vicariato apostolico di Esmeraldas.jpg

The Apostolic Vicariate (or Vicariate Apostolic) of Esmeraldas (Latin: Apostolicus Vicariatus Esmeraldensis) is a missionary pre-diocesan circonscription of the Roman Catholic Church. Its cathedral see Catedral Cristo Rey is located in the town of Esmeraldas in Ecuador's homonymous Pacific coastal province. It is exempt, i.e. directly subject to the Holy See, not part of any ecclesiastical province.


On 14 December 1945 Pope Pius XII established the Apostolic Prefecture of Esmeraldas on territory split from the Diocese of Portoviejo.

It was elevated to an Apostolic Vicariate by the same pope on 14 November 1957.[1][2]

Incumbent Ordinaries[edit]

So far, all incumbents have been missionary members of -several- Latin Catholic orders
Apostolic Prefect
Apostolic Vicars

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Vicariate Apostolic of Esmeraldas". Catholic Hierarchy. Retrieved 2013-04-17. 
  2. ^ "Apostolic Vicariate of Esmeraldas". Giga Catholic. Retrieved 2015-07-27. 

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