Apostolic Vicariate of El Beni

The Roman Catholic Apostolic Vicariate of El Beni (or Beni for short) (Latin: Apostolicus Vicariatus Benensis) is an apostolic vicariate (missionary pre-dicoesean jurisdiction), hence exempt, i.e. not subject part of any ecclesiastical province. Its cathedral episcopal see 'Catedral de la Santísima Trinidad' (devoted to the Holy Trinity) is in the city of Trinidad in Bolivia's Amazonian interior.

Apostolic Vicariate of El Beni

Apostolicus Vicariatus Benensis

Vicariato Apostólico de El Beni o Beni
Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity
Country Bolivia
MetropolitanImmediately subject to the Holy See
Area150,686 km2 (58,180 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics (including non-members)
(as of 2010)
164,808 (80%)
DenominationRoman Catholic
RiteRoman Rite
Established1 December 1917 (104 years ago)
CathedralCathedral of the Holy Trinity in Trinidad
Patron saintHoly Trinity
Current leadership
Vicar ApostolicAurelio Pesoa Ribera, O.F.M.
Auxiliary BishopsRoberto Bordi, O.F.M.
Bishops emeritusJulio María Elías Montoya, O.F.M.
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On 1 December 1917 Pope Benedict XV established as Apostolic Vicariate of El Beni on territory split off from the then Roman Catholic Diocese of Santa Cruz de la Sierra (now an archdiocese).

It lost territory twice in 1942, when Pope Pius XII created the Apostolic Vicariate of Pando and Apostolic Vicariate of Reyes.[1][2]

Exceptionally for a pre-diocesan jurisdiction, it was repeatedly (since 1781) given an auxiliary bishop, so as to be headed by two titular bishops.


So far, all members of the missionary Friars Minor (O.F.M.)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Vicariate Apostolic of El Beni". catholic-hierarchy.org. Retrieved 2013-03-30.
  2. ^ "Apostolic Vicariate of El Beni". Gcatholic.org. Retrieved 2013-03-30.

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