List of Catholic dioceses in France
- fifteen ecclesiastical provinces, each under a Metropolitan Archdioceses (15)
- with a total of 80 suffragans: seven non-Metropolitan Archdioceses, 72 bishoprics and a Territorial Prelature
- two exempt non-Metropolitan Archdioceses
- the (exempt) Military Ordinariate.
Furthermore, it has four exempt Eastern Catholic jurisdictions : three rite-specific (of which two are transnational) and a national Ordinariate for the Faithful of Eastern Rite for all others without rite-proper Ordinary.
The French overseas departments and territories, although administratively and constitutionally part of the French republic, are not part of the French church under canon law but exempt and/or part of an episcopal conference in their respective continent.
There is also an Apostolic Nunciature (as papal diplomatic representation at embassy-level) to France in the national capital Paris. the country also hosts three multilateral Holy See Representations: to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), to the Council of Europe in Strasburg and to the International Commission on Civil Status (ICCS).
The following contains the list of the French Catholic Roman Catholic dioceses of France as since 2002. See also the List of Ancien Régime dioceses of France and the List of French dioceses in the 19th and 20th century for information prior to 2002.
Pope John Paul II completely redrew the map of French ecclesiastical provinces in December 2002, in order to coincide more closely with the map of French administrative regions, but losing in several instances remaining boundaries surviving from late Roman times. This meant the creation of a few new Metropolitan archbishoprics and ecclesiastical provinces. This also entailed, for several archbishoprics, the loss of their metropolitan status (symbolised by the wearing of the pallium): their bishops nevertheless retained the title of archbishop.
As a result of history, many former episcopal sees were united, mainly as a consequence of the French Revolution; hence many dioceses bear the names of several cities, in which case, only the first one is the cathedral see where the bishop still actually resides.
In France, most dioceses coincide with a department (administrative province), but there are a few exceptions, where some arrondissements are attached to a diocese outside the department, or form a separate diocese within the department (this happens mainly in departments with numerous populations, such as Nord or Bouches-du-Rhône). Along with the list of the new ecclesiastical provinces and their suffragan dioceses, this list also gives the equivalent of the diocesan jurisdiction in departmental terms.
Current European French DiocesesEdit
Exempt, i.e. directly subject to the Holy SeeEdit
- Military Ordinariate of France
- Archdiocese of Strasbourg (Bas-Rhin and Haut-Rhin)
- Diocese of Metz (Moselle)
Eastern Catholic (exempt) jurisdictionsEdit
- Ordinariate for Eastern Catholics in France, vested in the Metropolitan Archbishop of capital Paris
- Armenian Catholic Eparchy of Sainte-Croix-de-Paris, with cathedral see in Paris, in and for France, immediately subject to the Patriarch of Cilicia, but not part of his province
- Maronite Eparchy of Notre-Dame du Liban de Paris, with cathedral see Cathédrale Notre-Dame du Liban, Paris, immediately subject to the Patriarch of Cilicia, but not part of his province; also Apostolic Visitor in Western and Northern Europe of the Maronites
- Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Saint Vladimir the Great of Paris, with cathedral see in Paris, directly subject to the Major Archbishop, for France, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Switzerland.
Episcopal Conference of ('Metropolitan', European) FranceEdit
Ecclesiastical Province of BesançonEdit
- Metropolitan Archdiocese of Besançon (Haute-Saône and Doubs, minus Montbéliard arrondissement)
Ecclesiastical Province of BordeauxEdit
- Metropolitan Archdiocese of Bordeaux (Gironde)
Ecclesiastical Province of ClermontEdit
- Metropolitan Archdiocese of Clermont (Puy-de-Dôme — New archdiocese (2002))
Ecclesiastical Province of DijonEdit
- Metropolitan Archdiocese of Dijon (Côte-d'Or — New archdiocese (2002))
Ecclesiastical Province of LilleEdit
- Metropolitan Archdiocese of Lille (Nord, arrondissements of Dunkerque and Lille — New archdiocese (2008))
Ecclesiastical Province of LyonEdit
- Metropolitan Archdiocese of Lyon (Rhône and the arrondissement of Roanne in the département of the Loire)
- Archdiocese of Chambéry, Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne, and Tarentaise (Savoie)
- Diocese of Annecy (Haute-Savoie)
- Diocese of Belley–Ars (Ain)
- Diocese of Grenoble–Vienne-les-Allobroges (Isère)
- Diocese of Saint-Étienne (Loire, minus the arrondissement of Roanne)
- Diocese of Valence (Drôme)
- Diocese of Viviers (Ardèche)
Ecclesiastical Province of MarseilleEdit
- Metropolitan Archdiocese of Marseille (Bouches-du-Rhône, arrondissement of Marseille — New archdiocese (2002))
- Archdiocese of Aix-en-Provence and Arles (Bouches-du-Rhône, minus the arrondissement of Marseille (Arles is in the Bouches-du-Rhône))
- Archdiocese of Avignon (Vaucluse)
- Diocese of Ajaccio (Upper Corsica and South Corsica)
- Diocese of Digne (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence)
- Diocese of Fréjus–Toulon (Var)
- Diocese of Gap and Embrun (Hautes-Alpes)
- Diocese of Nice (Alpes-Maritimes)
Ecclesiastical Province of MontpellierEdit
- Metropolitan Archdiocese of Montpellier (Hérault — New archdiocese (2002))
Ecclesiastical Province of ParisEdit
- Metropolitan Archdiocese of Paris (City-département of Paris)
Ecclesiastical Province of PoitiersEdit
- Metropolitan Archdiocese of Poitiers (Vienne and Deux-Sèvres — New archdiocese (2002))
Ecclesiastical Province of ReimsEdit
- Metropolitan Archdiocese of Reims (arrondissement of Reims in the Marne and département of the Ardennes)
Ecclesiastical Province of RennesEdit
- Metropolitan Archdiocese of Rennes, Dol, and Saint-Malo (Ille-et-Vilaine)
Ecclesiastical Province of RouenEdit
- Metropolitan Archdiocese of Rouen (Seine-Maritime, minus the arrondissement of Le Havre)
Eccleasiastical Province of ToulouseEdit
- Metropolitan Archdiocese of Toulouse (Haute-Garonne )
Eccleasiastical Province of ToursEdit
Defunct jurisdictions in European FranceEdit
- UNITED SEES TO BE SORTED OUT above
- two Titular Metropolitan Sees (both united): Arles (united), Embrun (united)
- Titular Episcopal Sees (18, 41 united): Accia, Agde (united), Aléria, Alès (united), Alet, Apt, Arisitum, Auxerre (united), Avranches (united), Bazas (united), Béziers (united), Boulogne (united), Briançonnet, Carpentras, Castres (united), Cavaillon, Châlon-sur-Saône (united), Condom (united), Couserans (united), Die (united), Dol (united), Entrevaux, Laon (united), Lavaur (united), Lectoure (united), Léon (united), Lescar (united), Lisieux (united), Lodève (united), Lombez (united), Mâcon (united), Maillezais, Mariana en Corse, Mirepoix (united), Nebbio, Noyon (united), Oloron (united), Orange, Rieux (united), Riez (united), Sagone, Saint-Bertrand-de-Comminges (united), Saint-Malo (united), Saint-Omer (united), Saint-Papoul, Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux (united), Saint-Pons-de-Thomières (united), Saint-Quentin (united), Saintes (united), Sarlat (united), Senez, Senlis (united), Sisteron (united), Thérouanne, Toul (united), Tréguier (united), Uzès (united), Vabres (united), Vaison
- a single Titular Abbacy (united): Cluny (united)
Other defunct French seesEdit
Excluding those united to current sees TO BE CHECKED
- Diocese of Aleth, Diocese of Antibes, Diocese of Bethléem à Clamecy (alias Panthenor), Diocese of Bourg-en-Bresse, Diocese of Cimiez, Diocese of Dax (Acqs), Archdiocese of Eauze (Elusa), Diocese of Grasse, Diocese of Javols, Diocese of Limoux, Archdiocese of Narbonne, Diocese of Rezé, Diocese of Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne, Diocese of Sospel, Archdiocese of Tarentaise, Diocese of Toulon, Diocese of Vence, Diocese of Vernay, Archdiocese of Vienne.
Overseas French diocesesEdit
all Latin (in many cases, in a conference/province(s) with non-French, mainly Anglophone, dioceses)
Exempt, directly subject to the Holy See (Africa)Edit
Episcopal Conference of the AntillesEdit
Ecclesiastical Province of MartiniqueEdit
(Martinique, Guadeloupe, French Guiana; exclusively Francophone)
- Metropolitan Archdiocese of Saint-Pierre and Fort-de-France (Martinique)
Episcopal Conference of the Pacific (Oceania)Edit
Ecclesiastical Province of PapeeteEdit
- Metropolitan Archdiocese of Papeete (French Polynesia, minus the Marquesas Islands)
Ecclesiastical Province of NoumeaEdit
Gallery of ArchdiocesesEdit
The seat of the Archdiocese of Besançon is Basilique-Cathédrale Saint-Jean l’évangéliste.
The seat of the Archdiocese of Bordeaux is Cathédrale Saint-André.
The seat of the Archdiocese of Clermont is Cathédrale Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption.
The seat of the Archdiocese of Dijon Cathedral is Cathédrale Saint-Bénigne.
The seat of the Archdiocese of Lille is Basilique-cathédrale Notre-Dame-de-la-Treille.
The seat of the Archdiocese of Lyon is Cathédrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste
The seat of the Archdiocese of Marseille is Cathédrale Sainte-Marie-Majeure.
The seat of the Archdiocese of Montpellier is Cathédrale Saint-Pierre.
The seat of the Archdiocese of Paris is Notre Dame de Paris.
The seat of the Archdiocese of Poitiers is Cathédrale Saint-Pierre.
The seat of the Archdiocese of Reims is Notre-Dame de Reims.
The seat of the Archdiocese of Rennes is Cathédrale Saint-Pierre.
The seat of the Archdiocese of Rouen is Notre-Dame Cathedral of Rouen.
The seat of the Archdiocese of Strasbourg is Notre-Dame Cathedral of Strasbourg.
The seat of the Archdiocese of Toulouse is Cathédrale Saint-Étienne.
The seat of the Archdiocese of Tours is Cathédrale Saint-Gatien.
- Pope Benedict XVI elevated the Diocese of Lille to a Metropolitan Archdiocese. Cambrai (the former Metropolitan) became its suffragan, while retaining the title "Archdiocese" (see "Daily Bulletin - Elevazione di Lille (Francia) a Chiesa Metropolitana e Nomina del Primo Arcivescovo Metropolita" (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 2008-03-29. Archived from the original on 2008-06-07. Retrieved 2008-03-30.).