Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Santiago de Chile

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Santiago de Chile (Latin: Archidioecesis Sancti Iacobi in Chile) is one of the five Latin Metropolitan sees of the Roman Catholic Church in Chile.

Archdiocese of Santiago de Chile

Archidioecesis Sancti Iacobi in Chile

Arquidiócesis de Santiago de Chile
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Ecclesiastical provinceSantiago de Chile
Area9,132 km2 (3,526 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics (including non-members)
(as of 2010)
4,059,000 (69%)
RiteLatin Rite
Established27 June 1561 (459 years ago)
CathedralMetropolitan Cathedral of St James
Patron saintSt James the Greater
Current leadership
ArchbishopCelestino Aós Braco
Auxiliary Bishops
Bishops emeritus
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Ecclesiastical provinceEdit

Its Suffragan sees are:

Special churchesEdit

Its cathedral archiepiscopal see is the Metropolitan Cathedral of Santiago in the national capital Santiago de Chile.

It also has six Minor Basilicas:



As per 2014, it pastorally served 4,205,000 Catholics (66.9% of 6,290,000 total) on 9,132 km² in 213 parishes and a mission with 877 priests (250 diocesan, 627 religious), 339 deacons, 3,109 lay religious (1,255 brothers, 1,854 sisters), 46 seminarians.


Bishops of Santiago de ChileEdit

Archbishops of Santiago de ChileEdit

Francisco Javier Errázuriz Ossa, Archbishop Emeritus of Santiago de Chile

Other affiliated bishopsEdit

Auxiliary bishopsEdit

Other priests of this diocese who became bishopsEdit

Sexual abuse lawsuitEdit

On October 21, 2018, it was reported that Chile’s Court of Appeal ordered the office of Santiago’s Archbishop to pay 450 million pesos ($650,000) to three men who stated they were sexually abused for decades by Chilean priest Fernando Karadima.[6] Court President Dobra Lusic denied on October 22 that a verdict had been reached and that the lawsuit was still ongoing.[7] A complaint issued on October 25, 2018 accused former Archbishop Cardinal Francisco Javier Errázuriz Ossa of leading the cover-up of sex abuse committed by Karadima.[8] The complaint also named former Apostolic Nuncio to Chile Archbishop Giuseppe Pinto, Chilean Minister of the Court of Appeals Juan Manuel Muñoz, Archbishop of Santiago Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati Andrello, and the Auxiliary Bishop of Santiago Andrés Arteaga Manieu as witnesses to the cover-up[8] On March 27, 2019, however the Court of Appeals ordered the Archdiocese to pay 100 million pesos (about US$147,000) for "moral damages" to each of the survivors: Juan Carlos Cruz, José Andrés Murillo and James Hamilton.[9] The ruling was confirmed by their lawyer and Santiago Bishop Celestino Aos on March 28.[10]

See alsoEdit


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  3. ^ "Resignations and Appointments, 22.05.2019" (Press release). Holy See Press Office. 22 May 2019. Retrieved 25 May 2019.
  4. ^ Castelfranco, Sabina (22 May 2019). "Pope Appoints New Auxiliary Bishops in Chile's Scandal-Rocked Church". VOA. Retrieved 25 May 2019.
  5. ^ "Vaticano – El P. Alberto Lorenzelli fue nombrado Obispo Auxiliar de Santiago de Chile". Agenzia Info Salesiana. 22 May 2019. Retrieved 25 May 2019.
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Coordinates: 33°26′15″S 70°39′06″W / 33.4376°S 70.6516°W / -33.4376; -70.6516