Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Ljubljana

The Roman Catholic Metropolitan Archdiocese of Ljubljana (Slovene: Nadškofija Ljubljana, Latin: Archidioecesis Labacensis) is an ecclesiastical territory or diocese of the Roman Catholic Church in Slovenia.[1][2]

Archdiocese of Ljubljana

Archiodioecesis Labacensis

Nadškofija Ljubljana
Coat of arms of the Archdiocese of Ljubljana
Coat of arms
Country Slovenia
- Total
- Catholics (including non-members)
(as of 2016)
Decrease553,661 (Decrease70%)
RiteLatin Rite
Established6 December 1461
CathedralSt. Nicholas's Cathedral
Current leadership
Metropolitan ArchbishopStanislav Zore OFM
SuffragansDiocese of Koper
Diocese of Novo Mesto
Auxiliary BishopsAnton Jamnik, Franc Šuštar
Bishops emeritusAnton Stres CM, Archbishop Emeritus (2009-2013)
Website of the Archdiocese

The ArchdioceseEdit

The archdiocese's motherchurch and thus seat of its archbishop is the Saint Nicholas Cathedral, Ljubljana; it also contains minor basilicas in Brezje and Stična. The See of Ljubljana had been vacant, its former archbishop was, until his 2013 resignation, Anton Stres, who was appointed Archbishop of Ljubljana, and thus Primate of Slovenia, by Pope Benedict XVI on 28 November 2009.


From 811, the territory of the Ljubljana Archdiocese was part of the ecclesiastical territory of the Patriarch of Aquileia. Frederick III, Holy Roman Emperor, erected on 6 December 1461 the Diocese of Laibach, which was confirmed six months later, on 6 September 1462, by Pope Pius II. Several days later, it was taken from the jurisprudence of the Aquileia and directly subjected to the Holy See. On 3 March 1787, it became an archdiocese and a metropolis, which it remained until 1807, when it was for political reasons degraded to a common diocese.[3]

The Nazi persecution of the Church in annexed Slovenia was akin to that which occurred in Poland. Within six weeks of the Nazi occupation, only 100 of the 831 priests in the Diocese of Maribor and part of the Diocese of Ljubljana remained free. Clergy were persecuted and sent to concentration camps, religious Orders had their properties seized.[4]

The diocese was again elevated to an archdiocese by Pope John XXIII on 22 December 1961, and to a metropolis by Pope Paul VI on 22 November 1968. Today the archdiocese has two suffragan sees, Koper (since 1977) and Novo Mesto (since 2006). It is the principal see of Slovenia; one living former archbishop, Franc Rode, CM, was promoted to a Curial office (Prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life) and made a Cardinal.[5]

List of bishops of LjubljanaEdit

List of archbishops of LjubljanaEdit

Auxiliary bishopsEdit

  • Michael Chumer (Chumberg), O.F.M. (1639–1651)[7]
  • Franc Jožef Mikolič (Mikolitsch) (1789–1793)
  • Franz von Raigesfeld, S.J. (1795–1800)
  • Johannes Antonius de Ricci (1801–1818)
  • Anton Vovk (1946–1959) Appointed, Bishop of Ljubljana
  • Jožef Pogačnik (1963–1964) Appointed, Archbishop of Ljubljana
  • Stanislav Lenič (1967–1988)
  • Jožef Kvas (1983–1999)
  • Alojz Uran (1992–2004) Appointed, Archbishop of Ljubljana
  • Andrej Glavan (2000–2006) Appointed, Bishop of Novo Mesto
  • Anton Jamnik (2005–)
  • Franc Šuštar (2015–)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Archdiocese of Ljubljana" David M. Cheney. Retrieved February 29, 2016
  2. ^ "Metropolitan Archdiocese of Ljubljana" Gabriel Chow. Retrieved February 29, 2016
  3. ^ "Razstava ob 550-letnici ljubljanske škofije bo na ogled v Narodnem muzeju" [An Exhibition on the 550th Anniversary of the Ljubljana Diocese Will Be Presented in the National Museum]. Radio Ognjišče (in Slovenian). 1 March 2012.
  4. ^ Vincent A. Lapomarda; The Jesuits and the Third Reich; 2nd Edn, Edwin Mellen Press; 2005; pp 232, 233
  5. ^ "Franc Rode prejel naslov prezbiter". Retrieved 2017-03-27.
  6. ^ "Bishop Otto Friedrich von Buchheim (Puchheim)" David M. Cheney. Retrieved July 21, 2016
  7. ^ "Bishop Michael Chumer (Chumberg), O.F.M." David M. Cheney. Retrieved July 21, 2016

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 46°3′2.27″N 14°30′27.44″E / 46.0506306°N 14.5076222°E / 46.0506306; 14.5076222