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Metropolitan Archdiocese of

Mérida

Venezuela Venezuela

Continent: South America

Rite: Roman (Latin)

Type: Metropolitan Archdiocese

Area: 8,109 km²

Population: 595,910 Catholics (85.0% of 701,070 total) (2015)

Suffragan Sees: Barinas, Guasdualito, San Cristóbal de Venezuela, Trujillo

Neighbouring Dioceses: San Cristóbal de Venezuela (↙), El Vigía–San Carlos del Zulia (←), Trujillo (↗), Barinas (→)

Depends on: Congregation for Bishops

Statistics: 63 parishes, 14 missions, 132 priests (97 diocesan, 35 religious), 25 deacons, 281 lay religious (56 brothers, 225 sisters), 37 seminarians (2015)

Address: Avenida 4 con Calle 23, Frente a la Plaza Bolívar, Apdo. 26, Mérida 5101-A, Estado Mérida, Venezuela

Website: Link

History

Papal Visits


Special Churches

San Cristóbal de Venezuela (↙), El Vigía–San Carlos del Zulia (←), Trujillo (↗), Barinas (→)

Present Prelates

Metropolitan Archbishop (1991.10.30 – ...):Cardinal Baltazar Enrique Porras Cardozo (72)Cardinal Baltazar Enrique Porras Cardozo (72)

Cardinal-Priest of Ss. Giovanni Evangelista e Petronio

Auxiliary Bishop (2017.06.19 – ...):Bishop Luis Enrique Rojas Ruiz (48)Bishop-elect Luis Enrique Rojas Ruiz (48)

Titular Bishop of Unizibira

Ordinaries

Metropolitan Archbishops of Mérida (Roman Rite)

Cardinal Baltazar Enrique Porras Cardozo (72)Cardinal Baltazar Enrique Porras Cardozo (72)Permalink
(1991.10.30 – ...)

Cardinal-Priest of Ss. Giovanni Evangelista e Petronio
Metropolitan Archbishop of Mérida (Venezuela)

In nomine tuo

Born:1944.10.10 (Venezuela)
Ordained Priest:1967.07.30
Consecrated Bishop:1983.09.17
Created Cardinal:2016.11.19

Titular Bishop of Lamdia (1983.07.23 – 1991.10.30)

Auxiliary Bishop of Mérida (Venezuela) (1983.07.23 – 1991.10.30)

Metropolitan Archbishop of Mérida (Venezuela) (1991.10.30 – ...)

Apostolic Administrator of San Cristóbal de Venezuela (Venezuela) (1998.03.02 – 1999.04.14)

President of Episcopal Conference of Venezuela (1999 – 2006)

First Vice-President of Latin American Episcopal Council (2007.07.12 – 2011.05.19)

Cardinal-Priest of Ss. Giovanni Evangelista e Petronio (2016.11.19 [2017.06.11] – ...)

Archbishop Miguel Antonio Salas Salas, C.I.M.Permalink
(1979.08.20 – 1991.10.30)

Born:1915.09.29 (Venezuela)
Ordained Priest:1943.03.24
Consecrated Bishop:1961.02.02
Died:2003.10.30 († 88)

Bishop of Calabozo (Venezuela) (1961.01.16 – 1979.08.20)

Metropolitan Archbishop of Mérida (Venezuela) (1979.08.20 – 1991.10.30)

Archbishop Angel Pérez CisnerosPermalink
(1972.08.30 – 1979.08.20)

Born:1911.09.30 (Venezuela)
Ordained Priest:1937.07.01
Consecrated Bishop:1960.07.25
Died:1987.11.26 († 76)

Bishop of Barcelona (Venezuela) (1960.05.23 – 1969.07.25)

Titular Archbishop of Castello (1969.07.25 – 1972.08.30)

Coadjutor Archbishop of Mérida (Venezuela) (1969.07.25 – 1972.08.30)

Metropolitan Archbishop of Mérida (Venezuela) (1972.08.30 – 1979.08.20)

Archbishop José Rafael Pulido MéndezPermalink
(1966.11.22 – 1972.08.30)

Born:1907.10.24 (Venezuela)
Ordained Priest:1930.08.10
Consecrated Bishop:1958.10.19
Died:1972.08.30 († 64)

Bishop of Maracaibo (Venezuela) (1958.06.21 – 1961.01.16)

Titular Archbishop of Cyrrhus (1961.01.16 – 1966.11.22)

Coadjutor Archbishop of Mérida (Venezuela) (1961.01.16 – 1966.11.22)

Metropolitan Archbishop of Mérida (Venezuela) (1966.11.22 – 1972.08.30)

Archbishop Acacio Chacón GuerraPermalink
(1927.08.01 – 1966.12.15)

Born:1884.06.08 (Venezuela)
Ordained Priest:1907.11.01
Consecrated Bishop:1926.08.29
Died:1978.03.02 († 93)

Titular Archbishop of Milevum (1926.05.10 – 1927.08.01)

Coadjutor Archbishop of Mérida (Venezuela) (1926.05.10 – 1927.08.01)

Metropolitan Archbishop of Mérida (Venezuela) (1927.08.01 – 1966.12.15)

President of Episcopal Conference of Venezuela (1958 – 1961)

Titular Archbishop of Scebatiana (1966.12.15 – 1971.01.19)

Archbishop Antonio Ramón SilvaPermalink
(1923.06.11 – 1927.08.01)

Born:1850.06.26 (Venezuela)
Died:1927.08.01 († 77)

Bishop of Mérida (Venezuela) (1894.05.21 – 1923.06.11)

Metropolitan Archbishop of Mérida (Venezuela) (1923.06.11 – 1927.08.01)

Bishops of Mérida (Roman Rite)

Bishop Antonio Ramón Silva (later Archbishop)Permalink
(1894.05.21 – 1923.06.11)

(see above)

Bishop Román LoveraPermalink
(1880.08.20 – 1892)

Born:1839.08.09 (Venezuela)
Died:1892 († 53)

Bishop of Mérida (Venezuela) (1880.08.20 – 1892)

Bishop Juan Hilario BossetPermalink
(1842.01.27 – 1873)

Born:1799.01.14 (Venezuela)
Consecrated Bishop:1842.05.08
Died:1873 († 74)

Bishop of Mérida (Venezuela) (1842.01.27 – 1873)

Bishop José Vicente de UndaPermalink
(1836.07.11 – 1840.07.19)

Born:1777.01.30 (Venezuela)
Ordained Priest:1800.03.08
Consecrated Bishop:1836.11.27
Died:1840.07.19 († 63)

Bishop of Mérida (Venezuela) (1836.07.11 – 1840.07.19)

Bishop José Buenaventura Arias BergaraPermalink
(1828.12.22 – 1831.11.21)

Born:1772.03.02
Consecrated Bishop:1827.08.19
Died:1831.11.21 († 59)

Auxiliary Bishop of Mérida (Venezuela) (1826.10.02 – 1828.12.22)

Titular Bishop of Hiericho (1826.10.02 – 1831.11.21)

Bishop of Mérida (Venezuela) (1828.12.22 – 1831.11.21)

Bishop Rafael Lasso de la VegaPermalink
(1815.03.08 – 1827.05.21)

Born:1764.10.21 (Panama)
Ordained Priest:1792
Consecrated Bishop:1816.12.11
Died:1831.04.16 († 66)

Bishop of Mérida (Venezuela) (1815.03.08 – 1827.05.21)

Bishop of Quito (Ecuador) (1827.05.21 – 1831.04.16)

Bishop Santiago Hernández MilanésPermalink
(1801.07.20 – 1812.03.26)

Born:1755.02.28 (Spain)
Consecrated Bishop:1802.07.11
Died:1812.03.26 († 57)

Bishop of Mérida (Venezuela) (1801.07.20 – 1812.03.26)

Bishop Antonio de Espinosa, O.P.Permalink
(1795.12.18 – 1800.09.23)

Born:1735.08.26 (Spain)
Consecrated Bishop:1796.02.21
Died:1800.09.23 († 65)

Bishop of Mérida (Venezuela) (1795.12.18 – 1800.09.23)

Bishop Cándido Manuel de TorrijosPermalink
(1791.12.19 – 1794.11.20)

Born:1735.11.13 (Colombia)
Consecrated Bishop:1793.04.21
Died:1794.11.20 († 59)

Bishop of Mérida (Venezuela) (1791.12.19 – 1794.11.20)

Bishop Juan Ramos de Lora, O.F.M.Permalink
(1782.09.23 – 1790.11.09)

Born:1722.06.23 (Spain)
Consecrated Bishop:1782.12
Died:1790.11.09 († 68)

Bishop of Mérida (Venezuela) (1782.09.23 – 1790.11.09)

Former Prelates


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