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Archdiocese of Maracaibo

Archidioecesis Maracaibensis

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Suffragan Dioceses

General Information

  • Type of Jurisdiction: Archdiocese
  • Elevated: 30 April 1966
  • Metropolitan See
  • Rite: Latin (or Roman)
  • Country: Venezuela
  • Square Kilometers: 12,319 (4,758 Square Miles)
  • Description: Almirante Padilla, Mara, Páez, Maracaibo, San Francisco, Jesús Enrique Losada, and La Cañada de Urdaneta
  • Mailing Address: Arzobispado, Calle 95 entre Avenidas 2 y 3, Apartado 439, Maracaibo 4001, Edo. Zulia, Venezuela
  • Telephone: (0261)7225.351; (0412)5470.157

Historical Details

Past and Present Ordinaries

Historical Summary

Diocese of Zulia
28 July 1897ErectedDiocese of Mérida Diocese of Zulia (erected)
11 June 1923Metropolitan ChangedDiocese of Zulia (from Caracas, Santiago de Venezuela)
26 May 1943Territory LostDiocese of Zulia (Paez, Perijà, northern part of Mara, and part of Colon) Vicariate Apostolic of Machiques (erected)
Diocese of Maracaibo
2 January 1953Name ChangedDiocese of Zulia Diocese of Maracaibo
23 July 1965Territory LostDiocese of Maracaibo (Miranda, Bolivar, Baralt, and Sucre within Zulia) Diocese of Cabimas (erected)
Archdiocese of Maracaibo
30 April 1966ElevatedDiocese of Maracaibo Archdiocese of Maracaibo
7 July 1994Territory LostDiocese of Cabimas (Sucre)
Archdiocese of Maracaibo (Colón)
Archdiocese of Mérida (Alberto Adriani, Obispo Ramos de Lora, Caracciolo Parra y Olmedo, Tulio Febres Cordero, Justo Briceño, and Julio César Salas)
Diocese of El Vigia-San Carlos del Zulia (erected)
28 January 1995Territory AddedVicariate Apostolic of Machiques (Páez and Northern part of Mara along with Gonzalo Antonio) Archdiocese of Maracaibo
28 January 1995Territory LostArchdiocese of Maracaibo (Parts of Encontrados and Udón Pérez) Vicariate Apostolic of Machiques


YearCatholicsTotal PopulationPercent CatholicDiocesan PriestsReligious PriestsTotal PriestsCatholics Per PriestPermanent DeaconsMale ReligiousFemale ReligiousParishesSource
Diocese of Zulia
Diocese of Maracaibo
Archdiocese of Maracaibo

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

Affiliated Bishops, Living

Affiliated Bishops, Deceased


  • Diocese of Zulia
    • Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 15, Page 533, to Page 535
  • Diocese of Maracaibo
    • Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 45, Page 300, and Page 301
  • Archdiocese of Maracaibo
    • Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 58, Page 788, and Page 789
    • Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 87, Page 529, and Page 530


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