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Archdiocese of Libreville

Archidioecesis Liberopolitanus



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Bishop(s)

  • Basile Mvé Engone, S.D.B., Archbishop

Suffragan Dioceses

General Information

  • Type of Jurisdiction: Archdiocese
  • Elevated: 11 December 1958
  • Metropolitan See
  • Rite: Latin (or Roman)
  • Country: Gabon
  • Square Kilometers: 41,370 (15,979 Square Miles)
  • Mailing Address: Sainte-Marie, B.P. 2146, Libreville, Gabon
  • Telephone: 722073

Historical Details


Past and Present Ordinaries



Historical Summary

DateEventFromTo
Prefecture Apostolic of Two Guineas and Senegambia {Guinea Superiore e Inferiore e di Sierra Leone}
22 January 1842ErectedDiocese of Funchal
Diocese of São Tomé e Príncipe
Prefecture Apostolic of Two Guineas and Senegambia {Guinea Superiore e Inferiore e di Sierra Leone} (erected)
Vicariate Apostolic of Two Guineas and Senegambia {Guinea Superiore e Inferiore e di Sierra Leone}
1846ElevatedPrefecture Apostolic of Two Guineas and Senegambia {Guinea Superiore e Inferiore e di Sierra Leone} Vicariate Apostolic of Two Guineas and Senegambia {Guinea Superiore e Inferiore e di Sierra Leone}
10 October 1855Territory LostVicariate Apostolic of Two Guineas and Senegambia {Guinea Superiore e Inferiore e di Sierra Leone} Vicariate Apostolic of Annobon, Corisco and Fernando Poo Islands (erected)
13 April 1858Territory LostVicariate Apostolic of Two Guineas and Senegambia {Guinea Superiore e Inferiore e di Sierra Leone} Vicariate Apostolic of Sierra Leone (erected)
28 August 1860Territory LostVicariate Apostolic of Two Guineas and Senegambia {Guinea Superiore e Inferiore e di Sierra Leone} Vicariate Apostolic of Dahomey (erected)
6 February 1863SplitVicariate Apostolic of Two Guineas and Senegambia {Guinea Superiore e Inferiore e di Sierra Leone} Vicariate Apostolic of Senegambia
Vicariate Apostolic of Two Guineas {Des Deux Guinées}
Vicariate Apostolic of Two Guineas {Des Deux Guinées}
6 February 1863SplitVicariate Apostolic of Two Guineas and Senegambia {Guinea Superiore e Inferiore e di Sierra Leone} Vicariate Apostolic of Senegambia
Vicariate Apostolic of Two Guineas {Des Deux Guinées}
27 September 1879Territory LostVicariate Apostolic of Two Guineas {Des Deux Guinées} Prefecture Apostolic of Costa d’Oro {Gold Coast} (erected)
2 May 1884Territory LostVicariate Apostolic of Two Guineas {Des Deux Guinées} Prefecture Apostolic of Upper Niger {Niger Superiore} (erected)
18 March 1890Territory LostVicariate Apostolic of Two Guineas {Des Deux Guinées} Prefecture Apostolic of Cameroun (erected)
Vicariate Apostolic of Gabon
18 March 1890Name ChangedVicariate Apostolic of Two Guineas {Des Deux Guinées} Vicariate Apostolic of Gabon
Vicariate Apostolic of Libreville
10 July 1947Name ChangedVicariate Apostolic of Gabon Vicariate Apostolic of Libreville
Diocese of Libreville
14 September 1955ElevatedVicariate Apostolic of Libreville Diocese of Libreville
11 December 1958Territory LostDiocese of Libreville Diocese of Mouila (erected)
Archdiocese of Libreville
11 December 1958ElevatedDiocese of Libreville Archdiocese of Libreville
29 May 1969Territory LostArchdiocese of Libreville Diocese of Oyem (erected)
19 March 2003Territory LostArchdiocese of Libreville Diocese of Port-Gentil (erected)

Statistics

YearCatholicsTotal PopulationPercent CatholicDiocesan PriestsReligious PriestsTotal PriestsCatholics Per PriestPermanent DeaconsMale ReligiousFemale ReligiousParishesSource
Vicariate Apostolic of Libreville
1950120,000350,00034.3%1733502,400376523ap1951
Diocese of Libreville
Archdiocese of Libreville
19703,640210,0001.7%22244679607416ap1971
1980188,000305,00061.6%1433474,000588022ap1981
1990360,000600,00060.0%1126379,729789027ap1991
1999416,000696,00059.8%1545606,93316610733ap2000
2000423,000708,00059.7%1639557,69013711829ap2001
2001380,000600,00063.3%1641576,666110711329ap2002
2002420,000780,00053.8%1431459,333211912439ap2003
2003352,000660,00053.3%1434487,33315810424ap2004
2004289,500553,77752.3%1924436,7321488523ap2005

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


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