Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Bratislava

The Archdiocese of Bratislava (Slovak: Bratislavská arcidiecéza, Latin: Archidioecesis Bratislaviensis) is a Roman Catholic archdiocese in western Slovakia including Bratislava and the western Trnava regions. It has its seat in Bratislava. The current archbishop is Stanislav Zvolenský and auxiliary bishop is Jozef Haľko.

Archdiocese of Bratislava

Dioecesis Bratislaviensis

Arcibiskupstvo Bratislava
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Location
Country Slovakia
TerritoryBratislava Region, parts of the Trnava Region
MetropolitanBratislava
Statistics
Area3,759 km2 (1,451 sq mi)
Population
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2012)
Increase795,649
Increase486,373 (Decrease61.1%)
Information
DenominationRoman Catholic
RiteRoman Rite
CathedralSt. Martin's Cathedral, Bratislava
Current leadership
PopeFrancis
ArchbishopStanislav Zvolenský
Auxiliary BishopsJozef Haľko
Vicar GeneralJozef Haľko
Map
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Map of the Archdiocese

HistoryEdit

It was first created as Apostolic Administration of Trnava on 29 May 1922, subordinate to the Archdiocese of Esztergom. On the order of Pope Paul VI on 30 December 1977, it was separated from the former, elevated to the status of diocese and renamed to the Archdiocese of Trnava, and it had at first suffragans of Nitra, Banská Bystrica, Rožňava, Košice and Spiš. On 31 March 1995, the archdiocese was renamed to Archdiocese of Bratislava-Trnava, and since then it had only suffragans of Banská Bystrica and Nitra. Its territory covered Bratislava, Trnava, Nitra (except the city of Nitra and the strip connecting it with the main part of the Diocese of Nitra), small part of the Trenčín and south-western part of the Banská Bystrica regions. As of 2004, it covered an area of approximately 14,000 km² with a population of 1,930,000 people of which around 70% were of Catholic faith.[1]

On 14 February 2008, the archdiocese was split between several dioceses. It was renamed from Bratislava-Trnava into Archdiocese of Bratislava and the seat moved from Trnava to Bratislava, which became the seat of the Slovak church. Trnava became seat of the newly created Archdiocese of Trnava, which however still belongs to the ecclesiastical province of Bratislava as its suffragan. Other parts of the former diocese have been split between the dioceses of Nitra and Banská Bystrica (see e.g. this map (in Slovak).

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Coordinates: 48°08′31″N 17°06′18″E / 48.1420°N 17.1049°E / 48.1420; 17.1049