Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Alba Iulia

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Alba Iulia (Hungarian: Gyulafehérvári Római Katolikus Érsekség) is a Latin Church Catholic archdiocese in Transylvania, Romania.

Archdiocese of Alba Iulia

Archidioecesis Albae Iuliensis

Arhiepiscopia de Alba Iulia
Country Romania
MetropolitanImmediately Subject to the Holy See
Area58,254 km2 (22,492 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2015)
397,778 (9.9%)
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteRoman Rite
(As Diocese of Transilvania, Erdély, Siebenbürgen)
22 March 1932
(As Diocese of Alba Iulia)
5 August 1991
(Archdiocese of Alba Iulia)
CathedralSt. Michael's Cathedral, Alba Iulia
Current leadership
ArchbishopGergely Kovács
Auxiliary BishopsLászló Kerekes (elect)
Bishops emeritusGyörgy Jakubinyi
József Tamás
Administrative map of Roman-Catholic Church
Administrative map of Roman-Catholic Church

History Edit

It was established as a bishopric, the diocese of Transylvania also called Erdély (in Hungarian), or Karlsburg alias Siebenbürgen (in German), in 1009 by King Stephen I of Hungary and was renamed as the diocese of Alba Iulia on 22 March 1932.

It was raised to the rank of an archdiocese by Pope John Paul II on 5 August 1991. It is exempt, i.e. directly subordinate to the Vatican, while the other Romanian dioceses form the Ecclesiastical Province of Bucharest.

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Description Edit

The archdiocese covers Transylvania proper—the counties of Alba, Bistrița-Năsăud, Brașov, Cluj, Covasna, Harghita, Hunedoara, Mureș, Sălaj and Sibiu.

The cathedral episcopal see is St. Michael's, in Alba Iulia city. It also has a minor basilica in Șumuleu Ciuc.

Population Edit

11% of the inhabitants are Roman Catholic, with concentrations in parts of Harghita and Covasna counties. Catholic adherents are predominantly ethnic Hungarians.

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