Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Bamako

The Archdiocese of Bamako is the Metropolitan Archdiocesan See for the Ecclesiastical province which covers all and only Mali, yet depends on the missionary Roman Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.

Archdiocese of Bamako

Archidioecesis Bamakoënsis

Archidiocèse de Bamako
Bamako Cathedral.jpg
Sacred Heart Cathedral, Bamako
Country Mali
Ecclesiastical provinceBamako
Area32,908 sq mi (85,230 km2)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2016)
138,165 (3%)
DenominationRoman Catholic
RiteRoman Rite
Established1868; 152 years ago (1868)
CathedralSacred Heart Cathedral
Secular priests33
Current leadership
Metropolitan ArchbishopJean Zerbo

The cathedral archiepiscopal seat of the archbishop is the Cathédrale du Sacré-Cœur de Jésus, dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in national capital Bamako.


As per 2014, it pastorally served 134,982 Catholics (3.1% of 4,332,101 total) on 85,000 km² in 10 parishes and 1 mission with 31 priests (13 diocesan, 18 religious), 159 lay religious (42 brothers, 117 sisters) and 14 seminarians .


Ecclesiastical provinceEdit

The Metropolitan's Suffragan sees are the:


(all Roman Rite)

Apostolic Prefect of Sahara and SudanEdit

  • Bishop Charles Lavigerie, M Afr (1868 – 13 March 1891 see below) (Cardinal in 1882); this tenure as Apostokic Prefect is not listed in Catholic-hierarchy

Apostolic Vicars of Sahara and SudanEdit

Apostolic Vicars of French SudanEdit

Apostolic Vicars of BamakoEdit

Archbishops of BamakoEdit

Auxiliary BishopEdit

  • Jean Zerbo (1988-1994), appointed Bishop of Mopti; later returned here as Archbishop; future Cardinal

See alsoEdit

Sources and external linksEdit

Coordinates: 12°38′37″N 7°59′58″W / 12.6437°N 7.9994°W / 12.6437; -7.9994