Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Alba Iulia
|Archdiocese of Alba Iulia
Archidioecesis Albae Iuliensis
Arhiepiscopia de Alba Iulia
|Metropolitan||Immediately Subject to the Holy See|
|Area||58,254 km2 (22,492 sq mi)|
|(as of 2012)
|Sui iuris church||Latin Church|
(As Diocese of Transilvania, Erdély, Siebenbürgen)
22 March 1932
(As Diocese of Alba Iulia)
5 August 1991
(Archdiocese of Alba Iulia)
|Cathedral||St. Michael's Cathedral, Alba Iulia|
|Auxiliary Bishops||József Tamás|
Administrative map of Roman-Catholic Church
- There is also a Romanian Orthodox Archbishop of Alba Iulia and a Greek Catholic Archdiocese of Făgăraş and Alba Iulia.
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.
Its first and present archbishop since 1994 has been György Jakubinyi.
11% of the inhabitants are Roman Catholic, with concentrations in parts of Harghita and Covasna counties. Catholic adherents are predominantly ethnic Hungarians.