Apostolic Vicariate of Napo

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Apostolic Vicariate of Napo
Apostolicus Vicariatus Napensis
Country Ecuador
Area 24,600 km2 (9,500 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2010)
97,000 (87.4%)
Parishes 20
Denomination Catholic Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established 7 February 1871 (146 years ago)
Cathedral Catedral San José
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Vicar Apostolic Adelio Pasqualotto, C.S.I.
Emeritus Bishops Paolo Mietto, C.S.I.
Ecuador - Vicariato apostolico del Napo.jpg

The Apostolic Vicariate (Vicariate Apostolic) of Napo (Latin: Apostolicus Vicariatus Napensis) is a missionary circonscription (quasi-diocese) of the Roman Catholic Church. Its cathedral see, Catedral San José, is located in the city of Tena, capital of Napo Province in Ecuador's Amazon Rainforest.


On 7 February 1871, Pope Pius IX established the Vicariate Apostolic of Napo from the Archdiocese of Quito. It remains exempt, i.e. directly subject to the Holy See, not part of any ecclesiastical province.

It has lost territory five times with the creation of the following jurisdictions within Ecuador:

Episcopal incumbents[edit]

So far, all its Ordinaries have been members of the missionary Congregation of Saint Joseph (C.S.I.)

  • Emilio Cecco, C.S.I. † (28 April 1931 - 1938)
  • Giorgio Rossi, C.S.I. † (23 May 1938 - 22 Jan. 1941)
  • Maximiliano Spiller, C.S.I. † (12 Nov. 1941 - 27 April 1978)
  • Julio Parise Loro, C.S.I. † (27 April 1978 - 2 Aug. 1996)
  • Paolo Mietto, C.S.I. (2 Aug. 1996 - 11 June 2010)
  • Celmo Lazzari, C.S.I. (11 June 2010 – present)

See also[edit]

Sources and References[edit]

  1. ^ "Vicariate Apostolic of Napo". Catholic Hierarchy. Retrieved 2013-04-17. 
  2. ^ "Apostolic Vicariate of Napo". Giga Catholic. Retrieved 2013-04-17.