Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cochabamba

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cochabamaba (Latin: Archidioecesis Cochabambensis) is an archdiocese located in the city of Cochabamba in Bolivia.

Archdiocese of Cochabamba

Archidioecesis Cochabambensis

Arquidiócesis de Cochabamba
Country Bolivia
Ecclesiastical provinceCochabamba
Area32,306 km2 (12,473 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2006)
1,390,300 (91.2%)
DenominationRoman Catholic
RiteRoman Rite
Established25 June 1847 (176 years ago)
CathedralCathedral of St Sebastian
Current leadership
Metropolitan ArchbishopOscar Omar Aparicio Céspedes
Auxiliary BishopsVíctor Iván Vargas Galarza
Juan Gómez
Bishops emeritusTito Solari CapellariArchbishop Emeritus

History edit

Construction of the original Church of San Sebastian began in 1571.[1] At that time, the area was part of the vast Diocese of Cusco.

On June 25, 1847 Pope Pius IX erected the Diocese of Cochabamaba from the Metropolitan Archdiocese of La Plata and Diocese of Santa Cruz de la Sierra. It was established as a suggragen of La Plata.[2] On July 30, 1975 the diocese was promoted to the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Cochabamba.

Present day edit

In 2011, the Episcopal Conference of Bolivia organized a conference in Cochabamaba on the theme "the Church and public opinion in the digital age." Archbishop Aparicio is secretary-general of the bishops' conference.[3]

The Pan y Amor program of the Archdiocese of St. Louis supports the Salomon Klein Children's Home in Cochabamba.[4]

The church of St. Pius X in Cochabamaba serves a Maryknoll mission made up of a number of local Christian communities or assemblies.[5]

Bishops edit

Ordinaries (listed in reverse chronological order) edit

  • Archbishops of Cochabamaba (Roman rite)
    • Archbishop Oscar Omar Aparicio Céspedes (2014.09.24 - ...
    • Archbishop Tito Solari Capellari (1999.07.08 – 2014.09.24)
    • Archbishop René Fernández Apaza (1988.04.16 – 1999.07.08)
    • Archbishop Gennaro Maria Prata Vuolo (1981.11.21 – 1987.09.19)
    • Archbishop José Armando Gutiérrez Granier (1975.07.30 – 1980.07.21)
  • Bishops of Cochabamaba (Roman rite)

Coadjutor bishops edit

Auxiliary bishops edit

Suffragan dioceses edit

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ Villaroel Villazon, Rocio Gissel. "Metropolitan Cathedral of Cochabamba Conservation and maintenance plan" (PDF). Lund University Housing Development & Management.
  2. ^ "Cochabamba." The Catholic Encyclopedia Vol. 4. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1908. 8 July 2023   This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  3. ^ "Catholic communicators in Cochabamba discuss 'the Church and public opinion in the digital age'", Agenzia Fides, April 7, 2011
  4. ^ "Pan y Amor", Archdiocese of St. Louis
  5. ^ Soria, Giovanna. "Forming Christian Communities In Bolivia", Maryknoll Magazine, June 1, 2021
  6. ^ "Wisconsin priest named auxiliary bishop in Bolivia", National Catholic Reporter, October 31, 2012

  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainHerbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Cochabamba". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company.

External links edit

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