Catholic Church


State of Israel (Israel)


Also known as: Israel (Deutsch, español, Português, latine), Israël (français), Israele (Italiano), Izrael (polski), 以色列 (正體中文), イスラエル (日本語)

By Type (9)

Patriarchal Sees (Patriarchates) Patriarchate (1)

Titular Patriarchal Sees Patriarchal See (1)

Archiepiscopal Sees (Archdioceses) Archdiocese (2)

Patriarchal Exarchates Patriarchal Exarchate (3)

Territories Dependent on the Patriarch Patriarchal Territory (2)

By Rite

Roman Rite (1): Jerusalem

Armenian Church (1): Jerusalem and Amman

Chaldean Church (1): Jerusalem

Greek-Melkite Church (3): Akka, Jerusalem, Jerusalem

Maronite Church (2): Haifa and Holy Land, Jerusalem and Palestine

Syriac Church (1): Jerusalem (Palestine and Jordan)

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

Apostolic Nunciature: Israel Archbishop Adolfo Tito Yllana (75)

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 of the Holy Land Cardinal Pierbattista Pizzaballa, O.F.M. (58)

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 (2)

Basilicas Basilicas (4)

World Heritage Churches World Heritage Churches (1)

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Roman-Rite Church Shrines in the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy


Saints: 87 Saints, 4 Blesseds

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Continent: Central and Southwest Asia

Capital: Jerusalem

Area: 20,330 km²

Population: 8,299,706

Neighbouring Countries: Egypt Egypt, ↖ Cyprus Cyprus, ↑ Lebanon Lebanon, → Jordan Jordan, → Palestine Palestine

Cultural Summary

Religions: Jewish 74.7%, Muslim 17.7%, Christian 2%, Druze 1.6%, other 4%

Languages: Hebrew (official), Arabic (used officially for Arab minority), English (most commonly used foreign language)

Ethnic Groups: Jewish 74.7% (of which Israel-born 76.3%, Europe/America/Oceania-born 16.2%, Africa-born 4.8%, Asia-born 2.7%), non-Jewish 25.2% (mostly Arab)

Statistics (Israel, Palestine) (2021.12.31)

Area: 20,770 km²

Catholic Population: 323,000 Catholics (3.4% of 9,379,000 total)

Pastoral Centres: 88 parishes, 2 other centres

Clergy: 15 bishops (3 diocesan, 12 titular), 452 priests (164 diocesan, 288 religious), 13 permanent deacons (8 diocesan, 5 religious)

Non-Clergy: 996 religious (137 brothers, 859 sisters), 1 member of secular institutes (sister), 141 major seminarians, 8 missionaries, 90 catechists


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Statistics include present-day Palestine Palestine

Last updated on 2023.11.30

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