Roman Catholic Diocese of Constantine

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Constantine (-Hippone) (Latin: Dioecesis Constantinianus (-Hipponensis Regiorum), French: Diocèse de Constantine et Hippone) is a Roman Catholic diocese in the ecclesiastical province of Algiers in Algeria.

Diocese of Constantine (-Hippone)

Dioecesis Constantinianus (-Hipponensis Regiorum)

Diocèse de Constantine et Hippone
Map of the Diocese of Constantine
Ecclesiastical provinceAlgiers
Coordinates36°52′54″N 7°44′41″E / 36.88180500°N 7.74474900°E / 36.88180500; 7.74474900
Area110,522 km2 (42,673 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2019)
620 (0.0%)
Established25 July 1866
CathedralSaint Augustin Basilica,
Cathédrale Notre-Dame des Sept-Douleurs (former, now secular)
Secular priests16
Current leadership
Metropolitan ArchbishopPaul Jacques Marie Desfarges
Official Website
The Cathedral in Constantine, 1894

History edit

Already since the second century the town of Constantine, then known as Cirta, was the seat of a bishop until the region fell to the invading Arab Muslims in the seventh century.[1]

On 25 July 1866, the diocese was established from the Diocese of Algiers as Diocese of Constantine. Its name was changed to the Diocese of Constantine (-Hippone) on 23 September 1867. The territory of this diocese is much bigger than that of the ancient diocese of Cirta and compromises around 195 dioceses that existed in the fifth century. Before the enforcement of the Association law of 1901, the Lazarists, the Little Brothers of Mary and the White Fathers were active in the diocese.[2]

Geography edit

The diocese is located in north eastern Algieria. It includes parishes in Constantine, Annaba, Skikda, Sétif, Béjaïa, Batna, and Tébessa.

Special churches edit

The current pro-cathedral is the minor basilica Basilique Saint Augustin in Annaba (Hippo). The former cathedral of the diocese is the Cathédrale Notre-Dame des Sept-Douleurs in Constantine. The building is now a mosque.[3]

Bishops of Constantine edit

References edit

  1. ^   Herbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Diocese of Constantine (Cirta)". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company.
  2. ^   Herbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Diocese of Constantine (Cirta)". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company.
  3. ^ "Ancienne cathédrale Notre-Dame des Sept-Douleurs". GCatholic. Retrieved 11 June 2023.
  4. ^ "Resignations and Appointments, 04.04.2024" (Press release). Holy See Press Office. 4 April 2024. Retrieved 4 April 2024.

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