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Archdiocese of Cotonou

Archidioecesis Cotonuensis

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  • Antoine Ganyé, Archbishop
  • Marcel Honorat Léon Agboton, Archbishop Emeritus
  • Nestor Assogba, Archbishop Emeritus

Suffragan Dioceses

General Information

  • Type of Jurisdiction: Archdiocese
  • Elevated: 14 September 1955
  • Metropolitan See
  • Rite: Latin (or Roman)
  • Country: Benin
  • Square Kilometers: 3,233 (1,248 Square Miles)
  • Official Web Site:
  • Mailing Address: Archeveche, 01 B.P. 491, Cotonou, Benin
  • Telephone:
  • Fax:

Historical Details

Past and Present Ordinaries

Historical Summary

Prefecture Apostolic of Dahomey
26 June 1883ErectedVicariate Apostolic of Costa di Benin Prefecture Apostolic of Dahomey (erected)
12 April 1892Territory LostPrefecture Apostolic of Dahomey Prefecture Apostolic of Togo (erected)
Vicariate Apostolic of Dahomey
25 May 1901ElevatedPrefecture Apostolic of Dahomey Vicariate Apostolic of Dahomey
28 April 1942Territory LostVicariate Apostolic of Dahomey
Vicariate Apostolic of Foumban
Prefecture Apostolic of Ghardaïa nel Sahara
Prefecture Apostolic of Jos
Prefecture Apostolic of Kaduna
Vicariate Apostolic of Khartoum
Vicariate Apostolic of Ouagadougou
Prefecture Apostolic of Niamey (erected)
Vicariate Apostolic of Ouidah
13 May 1948Name ChangedVicariate Apostolic of Dahomey Vicariate Apostolic of Ouidah
5 April 1954Territory LostVicariate Apostolic of Ouidah Vicariate Apostolic of Porto Novo (erected)
Archdiocese of Cotonou
14 September 1955ElevatedVicariate Apostolic of Ouidah Archdiocese of Cotonou
5 April 1963Territory LostArchdiocese of Cotonou
Diocese of Porto Novo
Diocese of Abomey (erected)
11 March 1968Territory LostArchdiocese of Cotonou Diocese of Lokossa (erected)


YearCatholicsTotal PopulationPercent CatholicDiocesan PriestsReligious PriestsTotal PriestsCatholics Per PriestPermanent DeaconsMale ReligiousFemale ReligiousParishesSource
Vicariate Apostolic of Ouidah
Archdiocese of Cotonou

Note: Any changes in boundaries over time are not indicated in the above table.

Affiliated Bishops, Living

Affiliated Bishops, Deceased


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