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Roman Catholic Diocese of Cádiz y Ceuta

The Roman Catholic diocese of Cádiz y Ceuta is a diocese of the Latin Rite of the Roman Catholic Church in Spain. The diocese is a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Seville.[1][2]

Diocese of Cádiz y Ceuta

Dioecesis Gadicensis o Gaditanus et Septensis

Diócesis de Cádiz y Ceuta
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Country Spain
Ecclesiastical provinceSeville
Area3,772 km2 (1,456 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2012)
703,400 (91.4%)
DenominationRoman Catholic
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteRoman Rite
Established5 February 1241 (As Diocese of Cádiz)
5 September 1851 (As Diocese of Cádiz y Ceuta)
CathedralCathedral of the Assumption of Our Lady in Cádiz
Current leadership
BishopRafael Zornoza Boy
Metropolitan ArchbishopJuan Asenjo Pelegrina
Bishops emeritusAntonio Ceballos Atienza Bishop Emeritus (1993-2011)
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Website of the Diocese

Its jurisdiction covers nearly all the civil province of Cádiz; only a few places, like Sanlucar, belong to the diocese of Seville, or, like Grazalema, to the diocese of Malaga. Cádiz (369,382) is the residence of the bishop.


Cádiz was raised by Urban IV to episcopal rank in 1263 at the request of king Alfonso X, a year after its Reconquista on the Moors.[3] Its first bishop was Fray Juan Martinez. After the Christians had won from the Moors the Plaza (stronghold) de Algeciras, the ordinaries of Cádiz bore the title of Bishop of Cádiz and Algeciras, granted by Clement VI in 1352.

The see counted amongst its prelates in 1441 Cardinal Juan de Torquemada, an eminent Dominican theologian jurisconsult, who took a leading part in the Council of Basle and Council of Florence, and defended in his "Summe de Ecclesiâ" the direct power of the pope in temporal matters.

On 1816.01.25, the bishopric lost territory to establish the Apostolic Vicariate of Gibraltar, which had become a British colony.

By the Concordat of 1851, the diocese of Ceuta, also suffragan of Seville, was joined with that of Cádiz, whose bishop was regularly Apostolic Administrator of Ceuta until the present dual name was adopted at the incorporation of Ceuta in 1933.

Ordinaries since 1525Edit

Bishops of Cádiz
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Bishops of Cádiz y Ceuta
Auxiliary Bishops of Cádiz


  1. ^ "Diocese of Cádiz y Ceuta" David M. Cheney. Retrieved February 29, 2016
  2. ^ "Diocese of Cádiz y Ceuta" Gabriel Chow. Retrieved February 29, 2016
  3. ^ "Diocese of Cadiz". Catholic Encyclopedia.
  4. ^ "Archbishop Maximiliano de Austria" David M. Cheney. Retrieved February 29, 2016
  5. ^ "Bishop Francisco Guerra, O.F.M." David M. Cheney. Retrieved March 21, 2016
  6. ^ Catholic Hierarchy: "Bishop Pedro Xague, O.P." retrieved January 30, 2016
  7. ^ Catholic Hierarchy: "Bishop Jerónimo Clavijo, O.P." retrieved January 30, 2016

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

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