Catholic Church


Republic of Turkiye (Turkiye)


Also known as: Türkei (Deutsch), Turquía (español), la Turquie (français), Turchia (Italiano), Turcja (polski), Turquia (Português), Türkiye (Türkmen), 土耳其 (正體中文), トルコ (日本語), Turcia (latine)

Formerly: Turkey

Continents: Central and Southwest Asia, East Europe

Capital: Ankara

Neighbouring Countries: Greece Greece, ↖ Bulgaria Bulgaria, ↗ Georgia Georgia, → Armenia Armenia, → Iran Iran, ↘ Iraq Iraq, ↓ Syria Syria, ↓ Cyprus Cyprus

By Type (10)

Patriarchal Sees (Patriarchates) Patriarchate (1)

Metropolitan Sees (Archdioceses) Metr. Archdiocese (1)

Archiepiscopal Sees (Archdioceses) Archdiocese (3)

Apostolic Exarchates Apostolic Exarchate (1)

Apostolic Vicariates Apostolic Vicariate (2)

Patriarchal Exarchates Patriarchal Exarchate (2)

By Rite

Roman Rite (3): Anatolia, Istanbul, Izmir

Armenian Church (2): Cilicia, Istanbul

Chaldean Church (1): Diarbekir

Greek Church (1): Istanbul

Greek-Melkite Church (1): Istanbul

Maronite Church (1): Aleppo

Syriac Church (1): Turkiye

by Type | by Name | by Ecclesiastical Province
Changes in Jurisdictions | Former Jurisdictions

Apostolic Nunciature: Turkiye Archbishop Marek Solczyński (62)

Conference of Bishops: Episcopal Conference of Turkiye Archbishop Martin Kmetec, O.F.M. Conv. (66)

Patriarchal Synod: Synod of the Armenian Catholic Church Patriarch Raphaël Bedros XXI Minassian, I.C.P.B. (76)

Patriarchal Synod: Synod of the Syriac Catholic Church Patriarch Ignace Youssif III Younan (78)

International Meeting of Bishops’ Conferences: Consilium Conferentiarum Episcopalium Europæ (C.C.E.E.) Archbishop Gintaras Linas Grušas (61)


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Cathedrals Cathedrals (8)

Basilicas Basilicas (2)

World Heritage Churches World Heritage Churches (2)


Saints: 542 Saints, 16 Blesseds

Statistics (2021.12.31)

Catholic Population: 36,000 Catholics (0.0% of 84,147,000 total)

Pastoral Centres: 48 parishes, 1 mission station (without resident priest), 28 other centres

Clergy: 10 bishops (4 diocesan, 6 titular), 103 priests (20 diocesan, 83 religious), 12 permanent deacons (3 diocesan, 9 religious)

Non-Clergy: 82 religious (9 brothers, 73 sisters), 2 members of secular institutes (sisters), 5 major seminarians, 16 missionaries, 83 catechists


Area: 769,632 km²

Population: 80,845,215

Religions: Muslim 99.8% (mostly Sunni), other 0.2% (mostly Christians and Jews)

Languages: Turkish (official), Kurdish, other minority languages

Ethnic Groups: Turkish 70-75%, Kurdish 19%, other minorities 7-12%

Motto: Yurtta sulh, cihanda sulh (Turkish) (Turkish, Peace in the homeland, peace in the world)

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