Catholic Church


Syrian Arab Republic (Syria)


Also known as: Syrien (Deutsch), la Syrie (français), Siria (español, Italiano), Síria (Português), 敘利亞 (正體中文), シリア (日本語), Syria (polski, latine)

By Type (18)

Patriarchal Sees (Patriarchates) Patriarchate (1)

Metropolitan Sees (Archdioceses) Metr. Archdiocese (6)

Archiepiscopal Sees (Archdioceses) Archdiocese (6)

Episcopal Sees (Dioceses) Diocese (3)

Apostolic Vicariates Apostolic Vicariate (1)

Patriarchal Exarchates Patriarchal Exarchate (1)

By Rite

Roman Rite (1): Aleppo

Armenian Church (3): Aleppo, Damascus, Kameshli

Chaldean Church (1): Aleppo

Greek-Melkite Church (6): Aleppo, Antioch, Bosra–Hauran, Damascus, Homs–Hama–Jabrud, Latakia

Maronite Church (3): Aleppo, Damascus, Latakia

Syriac Church (4): Aleppo, Damascus, Hassaké–Nisibi, Homs–Hama–Nabk

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Apostolic Nunciature: Syria Cardinal Mario Zenari (77)

Conference of Bishops: Conférence des Evêques Latins dans les Régions Arabes (C.E.L.R.A.) Cardinal Pierbattista Pizzaballa, O.F.M. (58)

Patriarchal Synod: Synod of the Armenian Catholic Church Patriarch Raphaël Bedros XXI Minassian, I.C.P.B. (77)

Patriarchal Synod: Synod of the Greek-Melkite Catholic Church Patriarch Youssef Absi, M.S.P. (77)

Patriarchal Synod: Synod of the Maronite Church Cardinal Béchara Pierre Raï, O.M.M. (83)

Patriarchal Synod: Synod of the Syriac Catholic Church Patriarch Ignace Youssif III Younan (79)

Assembly of Ordinaries: Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries in Syria (A.H.C.S.) Patriarch Youssef Absi, M.S.P. (77)

International Meeting of Bishops’ Conferences: Conseil des Patriarches Catholiques d’Orient (C.P.C.O.) Cardinal Béchara Pierre Raï, O.M.M. (83)


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Cathedrals Cathedrals (19)


Patron Saints: Saint Barbara, Saint Sergius

Saints: 49 Saints, 8 Blesseds

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Continent: Central and Southwest Asia

Capital: Damascus

Area: 183,630 km²

Population: 18,028,549

Neighbouring Countries: Lebanon Lebanon, ← Cyprus Cyprus, ↑ Turkiye Turkiye, → Iraq Iraq, ↓ Jordan Jordan

Cultural Summary

Religions: Muslim 87% (official; includes Sunni 74% and Alawi, Ismaili, and Shia 13%), Christian 10% (includes Orthodox, Uniate, and Nestorian), Druze 3%, Jewish (few remaining in Damascus and Aleppo)

Languages: Arabic (official), Kurdish, Armenian, Aramaic, Circassian, French, English

Ethnic Groups: Arab 90.3%, Kurdish, Armenian, and other 9.7%

Motto: Waḥdah, Ḥurrīyah, Ishtirākīyah (Arabic) (Unity, Freedom, Socialism)

Statistics (2021.12.31)

Area: 185,180 km²

Catholic Population: 201,000 Catholics (1.1% of 18,786,000 total)

Pastoral Centres: 188 parishes, 1 mission station (with resident priest), 9 other centres

Clergy: 23 bishops (12 diocesan, 11 titular), 235 priests (169 diocesan, 66 religious), 13 permanent deacons (diocesan)

Non-Clergy: 260 religious (19 brothers, 241 sisters), 49 major seminarians, 3 missionaries, 1,234 catechists


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