Roman Catholic Diocese of Punta Arenas

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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Punta Arenas (in Latin: Dioecesis Punta Arenas) is a suffragan diocese of the Archdiocese of Puerto Montt, in Chile. Its current bishop is Mgr. Bernardo Bastres Florence, S.D.B. and the retired (emeritus) bishop is Mgr. Tomás Osvaldo González Morales.

Diocese of Punta Arenas

Dioecesis Punta Arenas

Diócesis de Punta Arenas
Catedral Pta Arenas.jpg
Cathedral of the Sacred Heart
Ecclesiastical provincePuerto Montt
MetropolitanPuerto Montt
Area112,310 km2 (43,360 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2004)
120,208 (79.9%)
RiteLatin Rite
Established16 November 1883 (136 years ago)
CathedralCathedral of the Sacred Heart in Punta Arenas
Patron saintMary Help of Christians
Current leadership
BishopBernardo Miguel Bastres Florence
Metropolitan ArchbishopCristián Caro Cordero
Bishops emeritusTomás Osvaldo González Morales


In 1883 the Holy See established the Apostolic Prefecture of Patagonia Meridional, Tierra del Fuego e Islas Malvinas, which was entrusted to the Salesian congregation. In 1916, the prefecture was upgraded and its name changed to Apostolic Vicariate of Magallanes e Islas Malvinas, and on 17 January 1947, Pope Pius XII erected the diocese proper by means of the Bulla "Ut in amplissimo Patagoniae Chilensis territorio". In 1952, the Apostolic Prefecture of the Falkland Islands was separated from the diocese.

All the bishops of the diocese of Punta Arenas have belonged to the Salesian congregation.

Diocesan statisticsEdit

The diocese, which comprises the entire Chilean region of Magallanes (Magallanes y Antártida Chilena), covers a territory of 112,302 km². It is estimated than 79% of the inhabitants of the diocese are Catholic.[1] This figure represents about 120,000 Catholics out of a total population of 151,000.

Punta Arenas is the southernmost diocese in the whole Roman Catholic Church and its parish Nuestra Señora del Carmen, in Puerto Williams (Navarino island), is the southernmost Catholic parish in the world.

The mother church of the diocese is the Cathedral of El Sagrado Corazón (Sacred Heart) in the city of Punta Arenas.


  • Abraham Aguilera Bravo, S.D.B. † (22 December 1916 – 24 October 1924 appointed bishop of San Carlos de Ancud)
  • Arturo Jara Márquez, S.D.B. † (29 January 1926 – 1938 resigned)
  • Cándido Rada Senosiáin, S.D.B. † (13 December 1947, did not take effect)
  • Vladimiro Boric Crnosija, S.D.B. † (1 February 1949 – 29 August 1973 died)
  • Tomás Osvaldo González Morales, S.D.B. (28 March 1974 – 4 March 2006 retired)
  • Bernardo Bastres Florence, S.D.B. (appointed 4 March 2006)

Other priest of this diocese who became bishopEdit



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