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Metropolitan Archdiocese of

Asunción

Paraguay Paraguay

Continent: South America

Rite: Roman (Latin)

Type: Metropolitan Archdiocese

Area: 2,582 km²

Population: 1,691,000 Catholics (90.5% of 1,869,000 total) (2015)

Suffragan Sees: Benjamín Aceval, Caacupé, Carapeguá, Ciudad del Este, Concepción, Coronel Oviedo, Encarnación, San Juan Bautista, San Lorenzo, San Pedro, Villarrica

Neighbouring Dioceses: Formosa (↙), Benjamín Aceval (↑), Caacupé (→), Carapeguá (↘), San Lorenzo (↓)

Depends on: Congregation for Bishops

Statistics: 81 parishes, 420 missions, 369 priests (74 diocesan, 295 religious), 96 deacons, 1,157 lay religious (677 brothers, 480 sisters), 22 seminarians (2015)

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History

Papal Visits


Special Churches

Formosa (↙), Benjamín Aceval (↑), Caacupé (→), Carapeguá (↘), San Lorenzo (↓)

Present Prelates

Metropolitan Archbishop (2014.11.06 – ...):Archbishop Edmundo Ponciano Valenzuela Mellid, S.D.B. (72)Archbishop Edmundo Ponciano Valenzuela Mellid, S.D.B. (72)

President of Episcopal Conference of Paraguay

Ordinaries

Metropolitan Archbishops of Asunción (Roman Rite)

Archbishop Edmundo Ponciano Valenzuela Mellid, S.D.B. (72)Archbishop Edmundo Ponciano Valenzuela Mellid, S.D.B. (72)Permalink
(2014.11.06 – ...)

Metropolitan Archbishop of Asunción (Paraguay)
President of Episcopal Conference of Paraguay

Al Padre, por Cristo en el Espíritu

Born:1944.11.19 (Paraguay)
Ordained Priest:1971.04.03
Consecrated Bishop:2006.04.22

Titular Bishop of Uzalis (2006.02.13 – 2011.11.08)

Vicar Apostolic of Chaco Paraguayo (Paraguay) (2006.02.13 – 2011.11.08)

Vice-President of Episcopal Conference of Paraguay (2011.11 – 2015.11.03)

Coadjutor Archbishop of Asunción (Paraguay) (2011.11.08 – 2014.11.06)

Metropolitan Archbishop of Asunción (Paraguay) (2014.11.06 – ...)

President of Episcopal Conference of Paraguay (2015.11.03 – ...)

Archbishop Eustaquio Pastor Cuquejo Verga, C.SS.R. (78)Archbishop Eustaquio Pastor Cuquejo Verga, C.SS.R. (78)Permalink
(2002.06.15 – 2014.11.06)

Metropolitan Archbishop emeritus of Asunción (Paraguay)

Born:1939.09.20 (Paraguay)
Ordained Priest:1964.06.21
Consecrated Bishop:1982.08.15

Titular Bishop of Budua (1982.06.27 – 1990.04.19)

Auxiliary Bishop of Asunción (Paraguay) (1982.06.27 – 1990.04.19)

Bishop-Prelate of Alto Paraná (Paraguay) (1990.04.19 – 1992.05.05)

Titular Bishop of Ofena (1992.05.05 – 1998.03.07)

Military Ordinary of Paraguay (Paraguay) (1992.05.05 – 2002.06.15)

Apostolic Administrator of Caacupé (Paraguay) (1994.11 – 1995.06.03)

Apostolic Administrator of Alto Paraná (Paraguay) (2000.02 – 2001.02.03)

Metropolitan Archbishop of Asunción (Paraguay) (2002.06.15 – 2014.11.06)

President of Episcopal Conference of Ecuador (2008.04 – 2011)

Archbishop Felipe Santiago Benítez AvalosPermalink
(1989.05.20 – 2002.06.15)

Born:1926.05.01 (Paraguay)
Ordained Priest:1952.06.07
Consecrated Bishop:1961.09.24
Died:2009.03.19 († 82)

Titular Bishop of Chersonesus in Europa (1961.08.10 – 1965.12.04)

Auxiliary Bishop of Asunción (Paraguay) (1961.08.10 – 1965.12.04)

Bishop of Villarrica (Paraguay) (1965.12.04 – 1989.05.20)

President of Episcopal Conference of Paraguay (1973 – 1985)

First Vice-President of Latin American Episcopal Council (1983 – 1987)

President of Episcopal Conference of Paraguay (1989 – 1990)

Metropolitan Archbishop of Asunción (Paraguay) (1989.05.20 – 2002.06.15)

Archbishop Ismael Blas Rolón Silvero, S.D.B.Permalink
(1970.06.16 – 1989.05.20)

Born:1914.01.24 (Paraguay)
Ordained Priest:1941.11.23
Consecrated Bishop:1966.01.23
Died:2010.06.08 († 96)

Bishop-Prelate of Caacupé (Paraguay) (1960.08.02 – 1967.03.29)

Titular Bishop of Fornos major (1965.10.20 – 1967.03.29)

Bishop of Caacupé (Paraguay) (1967.03.29 – 1970.06.16)

Metropolitan Archbishop of Asunción (Paraguay) (1970.06.16 – 1989.05.20)

President of Episcopal Conference of Paraguay (1985 – 1989)

Archbishop Juan José Aníbal Mena PortaPermalink
(1949.02.25 – 1970.06.16)

Born:1889.03.30 (Paraguay)
Ordained Priest:1913.12.20
Consecrated Bishop:1936.11.08
Died:1977.05.29 († 88)

Titular Bishop of Limnæ (1936.07.25 – 1941.06.14)

Auxiliary Bishop of Asunción (Paraguay) (1936.07.25 – 1941.06.14)

Titular Archbishop of Cyrrhus (1941.06.14 – 1949.02.25)

Coadjutor Archbishop of Asunción (Paraguay) (1941.06.14 – 1949.02.25)

Metropolitan Archbishop of Asunción (Paraguay) (1949.02.25 – 1970.06.16)

President of Episcopal Conference of Paraguay (1958 – 1970)

Titular Archbishop of Musti (1970.06.16 – 1970.11.25)

Archbishop Sinforiano BogarínPermalink
(1929.05.01 – 1949.02.25)

Born:1863.08.21 (Paraguay)
Ordained Priest:1886.02.24
Consecrated Bishop:1895.02.03
Died:1949.02.25 († 85)

Bishop of Paraguay (Paraguay) (1894.09.21 – 1929.05.01)

Metropolitan Archbishop of Asunción (Paraguay) (1929.05.01 – 1949.02.25)

Bishops of Paraguay (Roman Rite)

Bishop Sinforiano Bogarín (later Archbishop)Permalink
(1894.09.21 – 1929.05.01)

(see above)

Bishop Pietro Giovanni ApontePermalink
(1879.08 – 1891.09.14)

Born:1820.06.26
Died:1891.09.14 († 71)

Bishop of Paraguay (Paraguay) (1879.08 – 1891.09.14)

Bishop Emmanuele Antonio PalaciosPermalink
(1865.01.31 – 1868.12.21)

Born:1824.06.09
Died:1868.12.21 († 44)

Titular Bishop of Mallus (1863.03.16 – 1865.01.31)

Coadjutor Bishop of Paraguay (Paraguay) (1863.03.16 – 1865.01.31)

Bishop of Paraguay (Paraguay) (1865.01.31 – 1868.12.21)

Bishop Gregorio UrbietaPermalink
(1860.03.23 – 1865.01.17)

Born:1787.05.24
Ordained Priest:1811.07.07
Consecrated Bishop:1857.05.10
Died:1865.01.17 († 77)

Titular Bishop of Corycus (1856.12.15 – 1860.03.23)

Auxiliary Bishop of Paraguay (Paraguay) (1856.12.15 – 1860.03.23)

Bishop of Paraguay (Paraguay) (1860.03.23 – 1865.01.17)

Bishop Basilio Antonio López, O.F.M.Permalink
(1844.07.22 – 1859.01.16)

Died:1859.01.16

Bishop of Paraguay (Paraguay) (1844.07.22 – 1859.01.16)

Bishop Pedro García Panés, O.F.M.Permalink
(1807.03.23 – 1838.10.13)

Born:1758.01.19 (Spain)
Consecrated Bishop:1809.05.21
Died:1838.10.13 († 80)

Bishop of Paraguay (Paraguay) (1807.03.23 – 1838.10.13)

Bishop Nicolás Videla del PinoPermalink
(1802.08.09 – 1807.03.23)

Born:1741.12.06 (Argentina)
Consecrated Bishop:1803.05.29
Died:1819.03.17 († 77)

Bishop of Paraguay (Paraguay) (1802.08.09 – 1807.03.23)

Bishop of Salta (Argentina) (1807.03.23 – 1819.03.17)

Bishop Luis Velasco, O.F.M.Permalink
(1779.07.12 – 1792.06.15)

Born:1724.03.13 (Spain)
Consecrated Bishop:1780
Died:1792.06.15 († 68)

Bishop of Paraguay (Paraguay) (1779.07.12 – 1792.06.15)

Bishop Juan José de Priego y Caro, O.P.Permalink
(1772.12.14 – 1779)

Died:1779

Bishop of Paraguay (Paraguay) (1772.12.14 – 1779)

Bishop Manuel López de EspinosaPermalink
(1762.12.20 – 1772)

Died:1772

Bishop of Paraguay (Paraguay) (1762.12.20 – 1772)

Bishop Manuel Antonio de la TorrePermalink
(1756.05.24 – 1762.07.14)

Born:1705.01.01 (Spain)
Consecrated Bishop:1757.07.25
Died:1776.10.20 († 71)

Bishop of Paraguay (Paraguay) ([1756.03.23] 1756.05.24 – 1762.07.14)

Bishop of Buenos Aires (Argentina) (1762.07.14 – 1776.10.20)

Fr. Fernando José Pérez de Oblitas (later Bishop)Permalink
(1747.09.04 – 1756 not possessed)

Died:1760

Bishop of Paraguay (Paraguay) (1747.09.04 – 1756 not possessed)

Bishop of Santa Cruz de la Sierra (Bolivia) (1757 – 1760)

Bishop José Cayetano Paravicino, O.F.M.Permalink
(1738.11.16 – 1747.09.04)

Born:1690.06.05 (Peru)
Consecrated Bishop:1741.07.02
Died:1750.10.20 († 60)

Bishop of Paraguay (Paraguay) (1738.11.16 – 1747.09.04)

Bishop of Trujillo (Peru) (1747.09.04 – 1750.10.20)

Bishop José de Palos, O.F.M.Permalink
(1724 – 1738.04.07)

Born: (Spain)
Consecrated Bishop:1723.01.24
Died:1738.04.07

Titular Bishop of Talia (1721.09.24 – 1724)

Coadjutor Bishop of Paraguay (Paraguay) (1721.09.24 – 1724)

Bishop of Paraguay (Paraguay) (1724 – 1738.04.07)

Bishop Martín de Sarricolea y OleaPermalink
(1718 – 1723? not possessed)

Died:1723?

Coadjutor Bishop of Paraguay (Paraguay) (? – 1718)

Bishop of Paraguay (Paraguay) (1718 – 1723? not possessed)

Titular Bishop of Calydon (1720.07.22 – 1723?)

Bishop Pedro Díaz Durana y UriartePermalink
(1703 – 1718 not possessed)

Died:1718

Bishop of Paraguay (Paraguay) (1703 – 1718 not possessed)

Bishop Sebastián de Pastrana, O. de M.Permalink
(1687.06.25 – 1700.11.04 not possessed)

Died:1700.11.04

Bishop of Paraguay (Paraguay) (1687.06.25 – 1700.11.04 not possessed)

Bishop Faustino de Casas, O. de M.Permalink
(1676 – 1686.08.03)

Died:1686.08.03

Bishop of Paraguay (Paraguay) (1676 – 1686.08.03)

Bishop Gabriel de Guillistegui, O.F.M.Permalink
(1669 – 1671)

Died:1675

Bishop of Paraguay (Paraguay) (1669 – 1671)

Bishop of La Paz (Bolivia) (1671 – 1675)

Bishop Bernardino de Cárdenas PoncePermalink
(1640.08.10 – 1663.07.07)

Died:1668

Bishop of Paraguay (Paraguay) (1640.08.10 – 1663.07.07)

Bishop of Santa Cruz de la Sierra (Bolivia) (1663.07.07 – 1666)

Bishop of La Paz (Bolivia) (1666 – 1668)

Fr. Francisco de la Serna, O.E.S.A. (later Bishop)Permalink
(1635 – 1637.08.25 not possessed)

Died:1647.04

Bishop of Paraguay (Paraguay) (1635 – 1637.08.25 not possessed)

Bishop of Popayán (Colombia) (1637.08.25 – 1645.01)

Bishop of La Paz (Bolivia) (1645.01 – 1647.04 not possessed)

Bishop Cristóbal de Aresti Martínez de Aguilar, O.S.B.Permalink
(1629.02.12 – 1635.12.03)

Born:1578 (Spain)
Died:1641 († 63)

Bishop of Paraguay (Paraguay) (1629.02.12 – 1635.12.03)

Bishop of Buenos Aires (Argentina) (1635.12.03 – 1641)

Bishop Tomás de la Torre Gibaja, O.P.Permalink
(1620.03.30 – 1628.12.11)

Born:1570 (Spain)
Consecrated Bishop:1621.08.15
Died:1630.07.17 († 60)

Bishop of Paraguay (Paraguay) (1620.03.30 – 1628.12.11)

Bishop of Santiago del Estero (Argentina) (1628.12.11 – 1630.07.17)

Bishop Lorenzo Pérez de GradoPermalink
(1615.09.16 – 1619.03.18)

Consecrated Bishop:1616
Died:1627.09.04

Bishop of Paraguay (Paraguay) (1615.09.16 – 1619.03.18)

Bishop of Cusco (Peru) (1619.03.18 – 1627.09.04)

Bishop Reginaldo de Lizárraga, O.P.Permalink
(1609.07.20 – 1609.11.10)

Born:1535 (Spain)
Consecrated Bishop:1599.10.24
Died:1609.11.10 († 74)

Bishop of La Imperial (1598.08.31 – 1603)

Bishop of Concepción (Chile) (1603 – 1609.07.20)

Bishop of Paraguay (Paraguay) (1609.07.20 – 1609.11.10)

Bishop Martín Ignacio de Loyola, O.F.M.Permalink
(1601.11.19 – 1606.10.09)

Consecrated Bishop:1602
Died:1606.10.09

Bishop of Paraguay (Paraguay) (1601.11.19 – 1606.10.09)

Bishop Baltazar de Covarrubias y Múñoz, O.E.S.A.Permalink
(1601 – 1603.01.13)

Born: (Spain)
Consecrated Bishop:1601
Died:1622.07.22

Bishop of Paraguay (Paraguay) (1601 – 1603.01.13)

Bishop of Nueva Caceres (Philippines) (1603.01.13 – 1605.06.06)

Bishop of Antequera (Mexico) (1605.06.06 – 1608.02.04)

Bishop of Michoacán (Mexico) (1608.02.04 – 1622.07.22)

Bishop Alonso Guerra, O.P.Permalink
(1579.02.06 – 1592.03.17)

Consecrated Bishop:1582.08.12
Died:1596.06.18

Bishop of Paraguay (Paraguay) (1579.02.06 – 1592.03.17)

Bishop of Michoacán (Mexico) (1592.03.17 – 1596.06.18)

Bishop Pedro Fernández de la Torre, O.F.M.Permalink
(1554.08.27 – 1573)

Died:1573

Bishop of Paraguay (Paraguay) (1554.08.27 – 1573)

Bishop Juan de los Barrios, O.F.M. (later Archbishop)Permalink
(1547.07.01 – 1552.04.02)

Born:1496 (Spain)
Died:1569.02.12 († 73)

Bishop of Paraguay (Paraguay) (1547.07.01 – 1552.04.02)

Bishop of Santa Marta (Colombia) (1552.04.02 – 1562.09.11)

Bishop of Santafé en Nueva Granada (Colombia) (1562.09.11 – 1564.03.22)

Metropolitan Archbishop of Santafé en Nueva Granada (Colombia) (1564.03.22 – 1569.02.12)

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