Roman Catholic Diocese of Subotica
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Subotica (Latin: Dioecesis Suboticana, Serbian: Суботичка бискупија / Subotička biskupija, Hungarian: Szabadkai Egyházmegye, Croatian: Subotička biskupija, Bunjevac: Subotička biskupija) is a diocese of the Roman Catholic Church in Serbia. It is subject to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Belgrade. The Diocese is centered in the city of Subotica. Slavko Večerin currently serves as bishop.
Diocese of Subotica
|Metropolitan||Archdiocese of Belgrade|
|Area||8,042 km2 (3,105 sq mi)|
- Catholics (including non-members)
|(as of 2010)|
|Sui iuris church||Latin Church|
|Established||10 February 1923|
(As Apostolic Administration of Jugoslavenska Backa)
25 January 1968
(As Diocese of Subotica)
|Cathedral||Cathedral of St. Teresa of Avila in Subotica|
|Metropolitan Archbishop||Stanislav Hočevar|
|Bishops emeritus||János Pénzes|
Map of organization of Catholic Church in Serbia
Subotica Bishopric - Yellow
Until the end of First World War, the territory of the present-day Diocese of Subotica belonged to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kalocsa. After the collapse of Austria-Hungary, region of Southern Bačka was incorporated into newly formed Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (later known as Yugoslavia). On 10 February 1923, the Apostolic Administration of Yugoslav Bačka was created. Before the end of Second World War, there was a sizable number of Roman Catholic Germans in the region of Bačka. On 25 January 1968, apostolic administration was elevated into the rank of diocese as "Diocese of Subotica". In 1986, it was placed under metropolitan jurisdiction of Roman Catholic Archbishop of Belgrade.
From the middle 1980s, and especially during the 1990s, number of Catholics in the territory of this diocese decreased due to various reasons, including low birth rates among local Roman Catholics, economic emigration, and ethnic tensions of the Yugoslav wars.
Administrators and bishopsEdit
Apostolic Administrators of Jugoslavenska BačkaEdit
- (1923–1958) Lajčo Budanović, since 1927 as titular bishop of Cisamus
- (1958–1968) Matija Zvekanović, titular bishop of Burca
- (1955–1958) Matija Zvekanović, titular bishop of Burca
The diocese runs the only Catholic high school in the country, the Paulinum gymnasium.