Roman Catholic Diocese of Ciudad del Este

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Ciudad del Este (Latin: Dioecesis Urbis Orientalis) is a diocese of the Roman Catholic Church based in the city of Ciudad del Este, in the Ecclesiastical Province of Asunción in Paraguay.

Diocese of Ciudad del Este

Dioecesis Urbis Orientalis
Country Paraguay
Area27,451 km2 (10,599 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2004)
500,000 (83,3%)
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteRoman Rite
CathedralCatedral San Blas
Current leadership
BishopHeinz Wilhelm (Guillermo) Steckling, O.M.I.
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  • On March 25, 1968, the Territorial Prelature of Alto Paraná was established from the Territorial Prelature of Encarnación y Alto Paraná
  • On July 10, 1993, the territorial prelature was established as the Diocese of Alto Paraná
  • On February 3, 2001, the diocese as renamed as the Diocese of Ciudad del Este

The diocese became noted in 2014 due to the ouster of its bishop, Rogelio Ricardo Livieres Plano, by Pope Francis for his alleged promotion of a priest of the diocese who had been accused of the sexual abuse of a minor while serving in the United States.[1] Livieres was then barred from presiding at public celebrations of the Mass. Since then, accusations of major financial mismanagement of the finances of the diocese by Livieres have also surfaced, with the diocese reportedly close to a million United States dollars in debt.[2]


Ordinaries, in reverse chronological orderEdit

Auxiliary bishopEdit


  1. ^ "Pope sacks Paraguayan bishop accused of protecting abuser priest" from Reuters
  2. ^ Prengaman, Peter (June 29, 2015). "Paraguayan bishop ousted by pope scrutinized for spending". trove.

Coordinates: 25°31′04″S 54°36′28″W / 25.5179°S 54.6079°W / -25.5179; -54.6079