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Metropolitan Archdiocese of

Caracas

Venezuela Venezuela

Continent: South America

Rite: Roman (Latin)

Type: Metropolitan Archdiocese

Suffragan Sees: Guarenas, La Guaira, Los Teques

Neighbouring Dioceses: Los Teques (↓), La Guaira (↑)

Address: Palacio Arzobispal, Plaza Bolívar, Caracas 1010, Distrito Metropolitano, Venezuela

Website: Link

History

  • 1637.06.20: Established as Diocese of Caracas / Santiago de Venezuela / Caracen(sis) (Latin) / Sancti Iacobi in Venezuela (Latin) (from the suppressed Diocese of Coro)
  • 1715: Lost territory to establish Apostolic Prefecture of Curaçao
  • 1778.02.16: Lost territory to establish Diocese of Mérida
  • 1803.11.27: Promoted as Metropolitan Archdiocese of Caracas / Santiago de Venezuela / Caracen(sis) (Latin) / Sancti Iacobi in Venezuela (Latin)
  • 1863.03.07: Lost territory to establish Diocese of Calabozo
  • 1922.10.12: Lost territory to establish Diocese of Valencia
  • 1958.06.21: Lost territory to establish Diocese of Maracay
  • 1965.07.23: Lost territory to establish Diocese of Los Teques
  • 1970.04.15: Lost territory to establish Diocese of La Guaira

Papal Visits


Special Churches


Present Prelates

Metropolitan Archbishop (2005.09.19 – ...):Cardinal Jorge Liberato Urosa Savino (71)Cardinal Jorge Liberato Urosa Savino (71)

Cardinal-Priest of S. Maria ai Monti

Auxiliary Bishop (2007.10.15 – ...):Bishop Jesús González de Zárate Salas (53)Bishop Jesús González de Zárate Salas (53)

Titular Bishop of Suava

Auxiliary Bishop (2009.06.27 – ...):Bishop Fernando José Castro Aguayo (62)Bishop Fernando José Castro Aguayo (62)

Titular Bishop of Ampora

Auxiliary Bishop (2012.04.04 – ...):Bishop Tulio Luis Ramírez Padilla (54)Bishop Tulio Luis Ramírez Padilla (54)

Titular Bishop of Ausuccura

Auxiliary Bishop (2014.04.17 – ...):Bishop José Trinidad Fernández Angulo (49)Bishop-elect José Trinidad Fernández Angulo (49)

Titular Bishop of Cerenza

Ordinaries

Metropolitan Archbishops of Caracas (Roman Rite)

Twitter FeedCardinal Jorge Liberato Urosa Savino (71)Cardinal Jorge Liberato Urosa Savino (71)
(2005.09.19 – ...)

Cardinal-Priest of S. Maria ai Monti
Metropolitan Archbishop of Caracas (Venezuela)

Pro mundi vita

Born:1942.08.28 (Venezuela)
Ordained Priest:1967.08.15
Consecrated Bishop:1982.09.22
Created Cardinal:2006.03.24

Titular Bishop of Vegesela in Byzacena (1982.07.03 – 1990.03.16)

Auxiliary Bishop of Caracas (Venezuela) (1982.07.03 – 1990.03.16)

Metropolitan Archbishop of Valencia (Venezuela) (1990.03.16 – 2005.09.19)

Apostolic Administrator of Caracas (Venezuela) (2003.07.07 – 2005.09.19)

Metropolitan Archbishop of Caracas (Venezuela) (2005.09.19 – ...)

Cardinal-Priest of S. Maria ai Monti (2006.03.24 [2006.07.02] – ...)

Member of Council of Cardinals for the Study of Organisational and Economic Problems of the Apostolic See (2009.05.09 – 2014.02.24)

Twitter FeedCardinal Jorge Liberato Urosa Savino (71)Archbishop Jorge Liberato Urosa Savino (71) (later Cardinal)
(Apostolic Administrator 2003.07.07 – 2005.09.19)

Cardinal Ignacio Antonio Velasco García, S.D.B.
(1995.05.27 – 2003.07.06)

Born:1929.01.17 (Venezuela)
Ordained Priest:1955.12.17
Consecrated Bishop:1990.01.06
Created Cardinal:2001.02.21
Died:2003.07.06 († 74)

Titular Bishop of Utimmira (1989.10.23 – 1995.05.27)

Vicar Apostolic of Puerto Ayacucho (Venezuela) (1989.10.23 – 1995.05.27)

Apostolic Administrator of San Fernando de Apure (Venezuela) (1992.05.27 – 1994.07.12)

Metropolitan Archbishop of Caracas (Venezuela) (1995.05.27 – 2003.07.06)

Cardinal-Priest of S. Maria Domenica Mazzarello (2001.02.21 [2001.05.24] – 2003.07.06)

Cardinal José Alí Lebrún Moratinos
(1980.05.24 – 1995.05.27)

Veritatem facientes in caritate

Born:1919.03.19 (Venezuela)
Ordained Priest:1943.12.19
Consecrated Bishop:1956.09.02
Created Cardinal:1983.02.02
Died:2001.02.21 († 81)

Titular Bishop of Aradus (1956.08.02 – 1958.06.21)

Auxiliary Bishop of Maracaibo (Venezuela) (1956.08.02 – 1958.06.21)

Bishop of Maracay (Venezuela) (1958.06.21 – 1962.03.19)

Bishop of Valencia (Venezuela) (1962.03.19 – 1972.09.21)

Titular Archbishop of Voncaria (1972.09.21 – 1980.05.24)

Coadjutor Archbishop of Caracas (Venezuela) (1972.09.21 – 1980.05.24)

Metropolitan Archbishop of Caracas (Venezuela) (1980.05.24 – 1995.05.27)

Cardinal-Priest of S. Pancrazio (1983.02.02 – 2001.02.21)

President of Episcopal Conference of Venezuela (1984 – 1990)

Cardinal José Humberto Quintero Parra
(1960.08.31 – 1980.05.24)

Non ministrari sed ministrare

Born:1902.09.22 (Venezuela)
Ordained Priest:1926.08.22
Consecrated Bishop:1953.12.06
Created Cardinal:1961.01.16
Died:1984.07.08 († 81)

Titular Archbishop of Achrida (1953.09.07 – 1960.08.31)

Coadjutor Archbishop of Mérida (Venezuela) (1953.09.07 – 1960.08.31)

Metropolitan Archbishop of Caracas (Venezuela) (1960.08.31 – 1980.05.24)

President of Episcopal Conference of Venezuela (1961 – 1972)

Cardinal-Priest of Ss. Andrea e Gregorio al Monte Celio (1961.01.19 – 1984.07.08)

Archbishop Rafael Ignacio Arias Blanco
(1955.09.18 – 1959.09.30)

Born:1906.02.18 (Venezuela)
Ordained Priest:1928.12.22
Consecrated Bishop:1937.12.12
Died:1959.09.30 († 53)

Titular Bishop of Attalea in Pamphylia (1937.06.21 – 1939.11.12)

Auxiliary Bishop of Cumaná (Venezuela) (1937.06.21 – 1939.11.12)

Bishop of San Cristóbal de Venezuela (Venezuela) (1939.11.12 – 1952.04.23)

Titular Archbishop of Pompeiopolis in Cilicia (1952.04.23 – 1955.09.18)

Coadjutor Archbishop of Caracas (Venezuela) (1952.04.23 – 1955.09.18)

Metropolitan Archbishop of Caracas (Venezuela) (1955.09.18 – 1959.09.30)

Archbishop Lucas Guillermo Castillo Hernández
(1946.05.13 – 1955.09.09)

Born:1879.02.10 (Venezuela)
Ordained Priest:1905.01.15
Consecrated Bishop:1923.10.21
Died:1955.09.09 († 76)

Bishop of Coro (Venezuela) (1923.01.19 – 1939.11.10)

Titular Archbishop of Rhizæum (1939.11.10 – 1946.05.13)

Coadjutor Archbishop of Caracas (Venezuela) (1939.11.10 – 1946.05.13)

Metropolitan Archbishop of Caracas (Venezuela) (1946.05.13 – 1955.09.09)

Archbishop Felipe Rincón González
(1916.08.10 – 1946.05.13)

Born:1861.02.20 (Venezuela)
Ordained Priest:1896.09.19
Consecrated Bishop:1916.10.28
Died:1946.05.13 († 85)

Metropolitan Archbishop of Caracas (Venezuela) (1916.08.10 – 1946.05.13)

Archbishop Juan Bautista Castro
(1904.05.31 – 1915.08.07)

Born:1846.10.19 (Venezuela)
Consecrated Bishop:1904.01.06
Died:1915.08.07 († 68)

Titular Archbishop of Serræ (1904.01.01 – 1904.05.31)

Coadjutor Archbishop of Caracas (Venezuela) (1904.01.01 – 1904.05.31)

Metropolitan Archbishop of Caracas (Venezuela) (1904.05.31 – 1915.08.07)

Archbishop Críspulo Uzcátegui
(1884.11.13 – 1904.05.31)

Born:1845.05.30 (Venezuela)
Ordained Priest:1872
Consecrated Bishop:1885.02.22
Died:1904.05.31 († 59)

Metropolitan Archbishop of Caracas (Venezuela) (1884.11.13 – 1904.05.31)

Archbishop José Antonio Ponte
(1876.09.29 – 1883.11.06)

Born:1832.06
Consecrated Bishop:1876.11.30
Died:1883.11.06 († 51)

Metropolitan Archbishop of Caracas (Venezuela) (1876.09.29 – 1883.11.06)

Archbishop Silvestre Guevara y Lira
(1852.09.27 – 1876.06.06)

Born:1813 (Spain)
Consecrated Bishop:1853.02.06
Died:1882.02.20 († 69)

Metropolitan Archbishop of Caracas (Venezuela) (1852.09.27 – 1876.06.06)

Titular Archbishop of Amasea (1876.06.06 – 1882.02.20)

Archbishop Ignacio Fernández Peña
(1841.07.15 – 1849.01.18)

Born:1781.03.03 (Venezuela)
Ordained Priest:1804.03.07
Consecrated Bishop:1842.01.02
Died:1849.01.18 († 67)

Metropolitan Archbishop of Caracas (Venezuela) (1841.07.15 – 1849.01.18)

Archbishop Ramón Ignacio Méndez
(1827.05.21 – 1839.08.06)

Born:1775 (Venezuela)
Ordained Priest:1797
Consecrated Bishop:1828.02.18
Died:1839.08.06 († 64)

Metropolitan Archbishop of Caracas (Venezuela) (1827.05.21 – 1839.08.06)

Bishop Domingo de Silos Santiago Apollinario Moreno, O.S.B.
(Apostolic Administrator 1818.03.16 – 1825.03.21)

Archbishop Narciso Coll y Prat
(1808.01.17 – 1822.02.25)

Born:1754.11.20 (Spain)
Ordained Priest:1784.03.06
Consecrated Bishop:1810.06.11
Died:1822.12.30 († 68)

Metropolitan Archbishop of Caracas (Venezuela) (1808.01.17 – 1822.02.25)

Archbishop-Bishop of Palencia (Spain) ([1822.02.25] 1822.04.19 – 1822.12.30)

Archbishop Francisco de Ibarra y Herrera
(1803.11.27 – 1806.09.19)

Born:1726.09.19
Consecrated Bishop:1792.05.27
Died:1806.09.19 († 80)

Bishop of Santo Tomás de Guayana (Venezuela) (1791.12.19 – 1798.12.14)

Bishop of Caracas (Venezuela) (1798.12.14 – 1803.11.27)

Metropolitan Archbishop of Caracas (Venezuela) (1803.11.27 – 1806.09.19)

Bishops of Caracas (Roman Rite)

Bishop Francisco de Ibarra y Herrera (later Archbishop)
(1798.12.14 – 1803.11.27)

(see above)

Bishop Juan Antonio de la Virgen María y Viana
(1792.09.24 – 1798.08.14)

Born:1745.11.30 (Spain)
Consecrated Bishop:1793.08.04
Died:1800.01.28 († 54)

Bishop of Caracas (Venezuela) (1792.09.24 – 1798.08.14)

Bishop of Almería (Spain) (1798.08.14 – 1800.01.28)

Bishop Mariano Martí
(1770.01.29 – 1792.02.20)

Born:1720.12.14 (Spain)
Consecrated Bishop:1762.01.17
Died:1792.02.20 († 71)

Bishop of Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico) (1761.05.24 – 1770.01.29)

Bishop of Caracas (Venezuela) (1770.01.29 – 1792.02.20)

Bishop Diego Antonio Díez Madroñero
(1756.05.24 – 1769.02.03)

Born:1714.04.26 (Spain)
Consecrated Bishop:1756.09.26
Died:1769.02.03 († 54)

Bishop of Caracas (Venezuela) (1756.05.24 – 1769.02.03)

Bishop Francisco Julián de Antolino
(1752.09.25 – 1755.08.06)

Born:1690.04.29 (Spain)
Consecrated Bishop:1749
Died:1755.08.06 († 65)

Bishop of Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico) (1748.05.06 – 1752.09.25)

Bishop of Caracas (Venezuela) (1752.09.25 – 1755.08.06)

Bishop Manuel Machado y Luna
(1749.09.22 – 1752.01.29)

Born:1701.05.17 (Spain)
Consecrated Bishop:1750.08.16
Died:1752.01.29 († 50)

Bishop of Caracas (Venezuela) (1749.09.22 – 1752.01.29)

Fr. Manuel Jiménez Bretón
(1748.09.16 – 1749.03.30)

Died:1749.03.30

Bishop of Caracas (Venezuela) (1748.09.16 – 1749.03.30)

Bishop Juan García Abadiano
(1738.12.19 – 1747.05.06)

Born:1678.05.24 (Spain)
Ordained Priest:1700.10.02
Consecrated Bishop:1739.06.28
Died:1747.05.06 († 68)

Bishop of Caracas (Venezuela) (1738.12.19 – 1747.05.06)

Bishop José Félix Valverde
(1728.11.15 – 1738.11.24)

Born:1689.03.02 (Spain)
Consecrated Bishop:1730.03.19
Died:1741.02.23 († 51)

Bishop of Caracas (Venezuela) (1728.11.15 – 1738.11.24)

Bishop of Michoacán (Mexico) (1738.11.24 – 1741.02.23)

Bishop Juan José de Escalona y Calatayud
(1717.03.15 – 1728.11.15)

Born:1677.07.09 (Spain)
Consecrated Bishop:1717.05.30
Died:1737.05.23 († 59)

Bishop of Caracas (Venezuela) (1717.03.15 – 1728.11.15)

Bishop of Michoacán (Mexico) (1728.11.15 – 1737.05.23)

Archbishop Francisco del Rincón, O.M.
(1714.02.26 – 1716.10.05)

Born:1650.01.29 (Spain)
Consecrated Bishop:1707.06.29
Died:1723.06.28 († 73)

Metropolitan Archbishop of Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic) (1705.12.14 – 1714.02.26)

Archbishop-Bishop of Caracas (Venezuela) (1714.02.26 – 1716.10.05)

Metropolitan Archbishop of Santafé en Nueva Granada (Colombia) (1716.10.05 – 1723.06.28)

Bishop Diego de Baños y Sotomayor
(1683.02.15 – 1706.05.15)

Born:1637 (Peru)
Consecrated Bishop:1677.11.21
Died:1706.05.15 († 69)

Bishop of Santa Marta (Colombia) (1677.09.13 – 1683.02.15)

Bishop of Caracas (Venezuela) (1683.02.15 – 1706.05.15)

Bishop Alonso de Briceño, O.F.M.
(1653.08.18 – 1668.11.16)

Born:1587 (Chile)
Consecrated Bishop:1645.11.12
Died:1668.11.16 († 81)

Bishop of León (Nicaragua) (1644.11.14 – 1653.08.18)

Bishop of Caracas (Venezuela) (1653.08.18 – 1668.11.16)

Bishop Mauro Diego de Tovar y Valle Maldonado, O.S.B.
(1639.10.03 – 1652.12.16)

Born:1586 (Spain)
Consecrated Bishop:1639.12.18
Died:1666.10.22 († 80)

Bishop of Caracas (Venezuela) (1639.10.03 – 1652.12.16)

Bishop of Chiapas (Mexico) (1652.12.16 – 1666.10.22)

Bishop Juan López de Agurto de la Mata
(1637.06.20 – 1637.12.24)

Born:1580 (Spain)
Died:1637.12.24 († 57)

Bishop of Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico) ([1630.07.20] 1631.02.10 – 1634.11.20)

Bishop of Coro (Venezuela) ([1634.08.08] 1634.11.20 – 1637.06.20)

Bishop of Caracas (Venezuela) (1637.06.20 – 1637.12.24)

Former Prelates


as of 2014.04.18

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