Catholic Church in Europe

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The Catholic Church in Europe forms the ecclesiastical organisation of the Catholic Church in communion with the Bishop of Rome, also known as the Pope, by province, diocese and parish. With a few exceptions, most are organised along sovereign lines with a local Bishops' Conference representing the Church in each country today. Around one third of all living European people are Catholics at the present time, in 2007 this was measured as 283,916,457 people. The majority of the dioceses are part of the Latin Rite, however some form part of the Eastern Catholic Churches, particularly those of the Byzantine Rite.

Organisation by area

State Prov Dioc Primate or Conference Head Members Notes
Albania 2 6 Archbishop of Durrës-Tirana 530,000 Most belong to the Latin Rite, around 3,000 are part of the Albanian Byzantine Catholic Church.
Austria 2 7 Archbishop of Salzburg[1] 5,530,000 Includes Wettingen-Mehrerau Abbey and Military Ordinariate, immediately subject to the Holy See.
Belarus 1 4 Archbishop of Minsk and Mahilyow 1,402,605 Most belong to the Latin Rite, a small minority are part of the Belarusian Greek Catholic Church.
Belgium 1 8 Archbishop of Mechelen 8,000,000
Bosnia and Herzegovina 1 5 Archbishop of Vrhbosna 636,400[2] Diocese of Skopje in FYROM is included. There is also a Military Ordinariate, immediately subject to the Holy See.
Bulgaria 1 2 no primate 43,811
Croatia 5 18 Archbishop of Đakovo-Osijek 3,800,000 A minority are part of the Croatian Greek Catholic Church. Includes the Diocese of Srijem in Serbia and Diocese of Kotor in Montenegro. There is also a Military Ordinariate, immediately subject to the Holy See.
Cyprus 1 1 no primate 25,000 The Archbishop of Cyprus is part of the Maronite Church and subject to the Patriarch of Antioch. Latin Rite minority under the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem.
Czechia 2 8 Archbishop of Prague 2,740,000 Includes the Apostolic Exarchate of Eastern Rite Catholics, immediately subject to the Holy See.
Denmark 1 1 Bishop of Copenhagen 35,000 Associated with the Scandinavian Bishops Conference.
England and Wales[3] 5 22 Archbishop of Westminster 5,200,000 Part of the United Kingdom. Includes the Apostolic Exarchate for Ukrainians and Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. There is also a Military Ordinariate, immediately subject to the Holy See.
Estonia 0 0 Apostolic Administrator of Estonia 6,000
Finland 1 1 Bishop of Helsinki 9,000 Associated with the Scandinavian Bishops Conference.
France[4] 17 97 Archbishop of Lyon[5] & Archbishop of Paris[6] 47,000,000 Also includes the Apostolic Exarchate in France for the Ukrainians. While Strasbourg, Metz, Sainte-Croix-de-Paris are immediately subject to the Holy See.
FR Germany 7 28 Archbishop of Freiburg 25,177,000
Gibraltar 1 1 Bishop of Gibraltar 23,000 Diocese of Gibraltar immediately subject to the Holy See.
Greece 2 8 Archbishop of Athens 200,000[7] A minority of around 5,000 belong to the Greek Byzantine Catholic Church. The Armenian Catholic Church also has a presence.
Hungary 4 13 Archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest 5,560,000 A minority belong to the Hungarian Greek Catholic Church.
Iceland 1 1 Bishop of Reykjavík 8,000 Associated with the Scandinavian Bishops Conference.
Ireland 4 26 Archbishop of Armagh 4,590,000[8] Includes Northern Ireland, which is in the United Kingdom.
Italy[9] 42 225 Bishop of Rome[10] 57,665,000 Rome is the Apostolic See of Ss. Peter and Paul and host of St. Peter's Basilica. There is a patriarch of Venice. There are two territorial prelatures and six territorial abbeys, as well as a Military Ordinariate, immediately subject to the Holy See. The Ambrosian Rite is celebrated in Milan and a minority belong to the Italo-Greek Catholic Church.
Latvia 1 4 Archbishop of Riga 430,235
Liechtenstein 1 1 Archbishop of Vaduz 25,730
Lithuania 2 8 Archbishop of Vilnius 2,800,000 Includes a Military Ordinariate, immediately subject to the Holy See.
Luxembourg 1 1 Archbishop of Luxembourg 460,000
Malta 1 2 Archbishop of Malta 404,700
Moldova 1 1 Bishop of Moldova 20,000[11]
Netherlands 1 7 Archbishop of Utrecht 4,267,000 Includes a Military Ordinariate, immediately subject to the Holy See.
Norway 1 3 Bishop of Oslo 83,116 Associated with the Scandinavian Bishops Conference. Includes two territorial prelatures.
Poland 14 41 Archbishop of Gniezno 33,542,000 Includes a Military Ordinariate, immediately subject to the Holy See.
Portugal 3 20 Archbishop of Braga 9,457,000 There is a patriarch of Libson. Includes a Military Ordinariate, immediately subject to the Holy See.
Romania 2 11 Archbishop of Bucharest 2,000,000[12] A significant number belong to the Romanian Church United with Rome, Greek-Catholic under the Major Archbishop of Făgăraş and Alba Iulia. Includes a Military Ordinariate, immediately subject to the Holy See.
Russia 2 8 Archbishop of Moscow 750,000 Includes the Apostolic Exarchate of Moscow. Some belong to the Russian Catholic Church.
Scotland 2 8 Archbishop of Saint Andrews and Edinburgh 850,000[13] Part of the United Kingdom. Includes the Apostolic Exarchate for Ukrainians. There is also a Military Ordinariate, immediately subject to the Holy See
Serbia 1 3[14] Archbishop of Belgrade-Smederevo 411,000 Includes the Apostolic Exarchate of Serbia and Montenegro. The Apostolic Administration of Prizren exists in Kosovo.
Slovakia 3 11 Archbishop of Bratislava 4,000,000 Around 350,000 belong to the Slovak Greek Catholic Church. Includes a Military Ordinariate, immediately subject to the Holy See.
Slovenia 2 6 Archbishop of Ljubljana 1,700,000
Spain[15] 14 70 Archbishop of Toledo 39,000,000 There is a titular patriarch of the West Indies. The Diocese of Urgell, whose Bishop is also Co-Prince of Andorra, is part of the province of Tarragona. Includes a Military Ordinariate, immediately subject to the Holy See.
Sweden 1 1 Bishop of Stockholm 200,000[16] Associated with the Scandinavian Bishops Conference.
Switzerland 1 6 Bishop of Basel 3,000,000 There are also two territorial abbeys. Swiss bishops are immediately subject to the Holy See.
Ukraine 1 7 Archbishop of Lviv of the Latins 4,000,000 Most belong to the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, under the Major Archbishop of Kyiv-Galicia. Some are also members of the Ruthenian Catholic Church.

References

  1. The Archbishop of Salzburg is officially titled Primus Germaniae (Primate of Germany).
  2. 11,400 are in the Republic of Macedonia, most of whom are of Albanian descent.
  3. Jersey and Guernsey are under the diocese of Portsmouth, the Isle of Mann is under the diocese of Liverpool.
  4. Includes Monaco.
  5. Primate of the Gauls
  6. Primate of France.
  7. Around 50,000 of these are ethnic Greeks.
  8. Around 710,000 of these live in Northern Ireland. 3,880,000 live in the republic of Ireland.
  9. Includes the Vatican City and San Marino.
  10. His full title in the Catholic Church is; Bishop of Rome, Vicar of Jesus Christ, Successor of the Prince of the Apostles, Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church, Primate of Italy, Archbishop and Metropolitan of the Roman Province, Sovereign of the State of Vatican City, Servant of the Servants of God.
  11. Most are Csangos, a Hungarian ethnic group.
  12. The largest number are ethnic Hungarians, including Szeklers and Csangos.
  13. Most are descended from Irish immigrants.
  14. The Diocese of Srijem under the Archdiocese of Đakovo-Osijek from Croatia.
  15. Includes Andorra.
  16. Many are Slavs or Arabs. However, ethnic Swedish converts are growing and are the most visible traditionalists.
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