Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Mercedes-Luján

The Archdiocese of Mercedes-Luján (Spanish: Arquidiócesis Mercedes-Luján; Latin: Archidioecesis Mercedensis-Luianensis) is a Latin Church ecclesiastical territory or archdiocese of the Catholic Church in north-central Buenos Aires Province, Argentina. It was immediately subject to the Holy See, coming into 2019. Erected as the Diocese of Mercedes on 20 April 1934, it was renamed as the Diocese of Mercedes-Luján on 10 May 1989 and elevated to its status as an archdiocese on 21 November 1997. Its mother church is the Catedral Basílica de Mercedes-Luján in Mercedes.

Archdiocese of Mercedes-Luján

Archidioecesis Mercedensis-Luianensis

Arquidiócesis de Mercedes-Luján
Catedral de Mercedes Buenos Aires Argentina.JPG
Location
CountryArgentina
MetropolitanMercedes-Luján
Statistics
Area19,330 km2 (7,460 sq mi)
Population
- Total
- Catholics (including non-members)
(as of 2004)
712,000
689,300 (96.8%)
Information
DenominationRoman Catholic
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteRoman Rite
Established20 April 1934
CathedralCathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Mercy
Patron saintVirgin of Mercy
Our Lady of Luján
Current leadership
PopeFrancis
ArchbishopJorge Eduardo Scheinig
Website
Website of the Archdiocese

On 4 March 2019, Pope Francis raised it to a metropolitan archdiocese, with three suffragan dioceses within its ecclesiastical province. The suffragan dioceses are Merlo-Moreno, Nueve de Julio, and Zárate-Campana. The first had been in the Buenos Aires province, and the other two were in the La Plata province. Francis also appointed the first metropolitan archbishop, Jorge Eduardo Scheinig, who had been titular bishop of Ita.[1]

BishopsEdit

OrdinariesEdit

Auxiliary bishopsEdit

Other priests of this diocese who became bishopsEdit

TerritoryEdit

The archdiocese serves fifteen partidos in Buenos Aires Province:

Territorial losses
Year Along with To form
1947 Archdiocese of La Plata Diocese of San Nicolás de los Arroyos
1957 Diocese of Azul Diocese of Nueve de Julio
1957 Diocese of Bahía Blanca Diocese of Santa Rosa

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Resignations and Appointments". press.vatican.va. Retrieved Sep 3, 2020.

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 34°39′05″S 59°25′54″W / 34.6515°S 59.4316°W / -34.6515; -59.4316