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Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Fortaleza

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Fortaleza (Latin: Archidioecesis Fortalexiensis) is an archdiocese located in the city of Fortaleza in Brazil.

Archdiocese of Fortaleza

Archidioecesis Fortalexiensis

Arquidiocese de Fortaleza
Metropolitan Cathedral 3.jpg
Metropolitan Cathedral of St. Joseph
Country Brazil
Ecclesiastical provinceFortaleza
Area14,813 km2 (5,719 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2006)
2,466,000 (70.7%)
RiteLatin Rite
Established6 June 1854 (165 years ago)
CathedralCathedral of St Joseph in Fortaleza
Current leadership
Metropolitan ArchbishopJosé Antônio Aparecido Tosi Marques
Auxiliary BishopsRosalvo Cordeiro de Lima
José Luiz Gomes de Vasconcelos
Bishops emeritusGeraldo Nascimento Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus
Adalberto Paulo da Silva Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus



On June 6, 1854, it was established by Pope Pius IX, as the Diocese of Ceará from the Diocese of Olinda. Formerly a part of the Diocese of Pernambuco, the district was erected into a separate diocese, suffragan to the Archdiocese of Bahia. João Guerino Gomes was named as first bishop but did not accept the appointment. Father Gomes, who was famous in his day both as an orator and as a philosopher, died in 1859. The first bishop, Luis Antonio dos Santos, founded the diocesan seminaries at Fortaleza and Crato, and, for the education of girls, the College of the Immaculate Conception, besides building the church of the Sacred Heart at Fortaleza.[1]On November 10, 1915, it was promoted as the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Fortaleza.

Special churchesEdit

Basílica São Francisco das Chagas, Canindé


Suffragan diocesesEdit