Catholic Church


Oriental Republic of Uruguay (Uruguay)


Also known as: Uruguay (Deutsch, español, Italiano), l’Uruguay (français), Urugwaj (polski), Uruguai (Português), 烏拉圭 (正體中文), ウルグアイ (日本語), Uruguaia (latine)

By Type (10)

Metropolitan Sees (Archdioceses) Metr. Archdiocese (1)

Episcopal Sees (Dioceses) Diocese (8)

Apostolic Exarchates Apostolic Exarchate (1)

By Rite

Roman Rite (9): Canelones, Florida, Maldonado–Punta del Este–Minas, Melo, Mercedes, Montevideo, Salto, San José de Mayo, Tacuarembó

Armenian Church (1): América Latina e México

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

Apostolic Nunciature: Uruguay Archbishop Gianfranco Gallone (60)

Conference of Bishops: Conferencia Episcopal del Uruguay (C.E.U.) Bishop Arturo Eduardo Fajardo Bustamante (62)

International Meeting of Bishops’ Conferences: Consejo Episcopal Latinoamericano (C.E.L.A.M.) Archbishop Jaime Spengler, O.F.M. (63)

CardinalsCardinals (1 elector/1 total)

Cardinal Daniel Fernando Sturla Berhouet, S.D.B. (64)Daniel Fernando Sturla Berhouet, S.D.B. (64)

All Cardinals


By Age

By Name

By Precedence


Recent Events

Special Churches

Cathedrals Cathedrals (11)

Basilicas Basilicas (6)

National Shrines National Shrines (7)

World Heritage Churches World Heritage Churches (2)


Patron Saints: Our Lady of Lujan, Saint James Major, Saint Philip

Saints: 1 Saint, 3 Blesseds

Documents and Celebrations Text

Papal Visits


Continent: South America

Capital: Montevideo

Area: 175,015 km²

Population: 3,360,148

Neighbouring Countries: Argentina Argentina, ↑ Brazil Brazil

Cultural Summary

Religions: Roman Catholic 47.1%, non-Catholic Christians 11.1%, nondenominational 23.2%, Jewish 0.3%, atheist or agnostic 17.2%, other 1.1%

Languages: Spanish (official)

Ethnic Groups: white 87.7%, black 4.6%, indigenous 2.4%, other 0.3%, none or unspecified 5%

Motto: Libertad o Muerte (Spanish) (Liberty or Death)

Statistics (2021.12.31)

Area: 175,016 km²

Catholic Population: 2,727,000 Catholics (77.0% of 3,543,000 total)

Pastoral Centres: 235 parishes, 414 other centres

Clergy: 18 bishops (9 diocesan, 9 titular), 410 priests (212 diocesan, 198 religious), 99 permanent deacons (diocesan)

Non-Clergy: 565 religious (64 brothers, 501 sisters), 51 members of secular institutes (sisters), 80 major seminarians, 12 missionaries, 2,687 catechists


Pastoral Centres




Consecrated Persons (Not Ordained)


Lay Missionaries


Last updated on 2023.11.30

© 2023