Apostolic Administration of Southern Albania

The Apostolic Administration of Southern Albania (Albanian: Administratura Apostolike e Shqiperisë së Jugut, Latin: Administratio Apostolica Albaniae Meridionalis, Italian: Albania Meridionale) is an apostolic administration of the Catholic Church in Albania, covering the southern regions of the country. It has jurisdiction over all Catholics on its territory, both of Latin and Byzantine rites.[1] It is suffragan to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Tiranë–Durrës.[2] Its see is Pro-Cathedral of St. Mary and St. Louis (Albanian: Kisha e Shën Maria dhe Shën Luigji) in Vlorë.

Apostolic Administration of Southern Albania

Administratio Apostolica Albaniae Meridionalis

Administratura Apostolike e Shqiperisë së Jugut
Location
CountryAlbania
TerritorySouthern Albania
Ecclesiastical provinceTiranë–Durrës
MetropolitanTiranë–Durrës
Statistics
Area16,172 km2 (6,244 sq mi)
Population
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2014)
2,140,000
3,596 (0.2%)
Parishes11
Information
Sui iuris churchAlbanian Greek Catholic Church[citation needed]
RiteLatin Rite and Byzantine Rite
EstablishedNovember 11, 1939
CathedralPro-Cathedral of St. Mary and St. Louis in Vlorë
Secular priests8
Current leadership
PopeFrancis
Apostolic AdministratorGiovanni Peragine
Metropolitan ArchbishopGeorge Anthony Frendo Archbishop of Tiranë–Durrës

It is claimed that Apostolic Administration of Southern Albania constitutes the only component of the particular (sui juris) Albanian Greek Catholic Church.[citation needed] Such claims have been questioned by some leading Eastern Catholic experts.[3]

HistoryEdit

 
Territory of the Apostolic Administration of Southern Albania

On November 11, 1939, the Holy See issued the papal bull Inter regiones, establishing the Apostolic Administration of Southern Albania. Initially, it was created as a regular apostolic administration, for all Catholics in southern regions of Albania, both of Latin and Byzantine rites. Its territory was detached from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Durrës, and initially covered districts of Elbassan, Korca, Berat, Valona and Argyrocastro.[4]

Since January 25, 2005, it is suffragan to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Tiranë-Durrës, within the newly created metropolitan province.[5]

Episcopal ordinariesEdit

(all Albanian Catholic)

Apostolic Administrators of Southern Albania

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

SourcesEdit

  • Galadza, Peter (2007). "Eastern Catholic Christianity". The Blackwell Companion to Eastern Christianity. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing. pp. 291–318.

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