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Archdiocese of Niterói

Archidioecesis Nictheroyensis

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  • José Francisco Rezende Dias, Archbishop
  • Geraldo de Paula Souza, C.SS.R., Auxiliary Bishop
  • Alano Maria Pena, O.P., Archbishop Emeritus

Suffragan Dioceses

General Information

  • Type of Jurisdiction: Archdiocese
  • Elevated: 26 March 1960
  • Metropolitan See
  • Rite: Latin (or Roman)
  • State: Rio de Janeiro
  • Country: Brazil
  • Square Kilometers: 4,728 (1,826 Square Miles)
  • Conference Region: Leste 1
  • Official Web Site:
  • Mailing Address: Curia Metropolitana, Rua Gaviao Peixoto 250, 24230-103 Niteroi, RJ, Brazil
  • Telephone: (021)3602-1700

Historical Details

Past and Present Ordinaries

Historical Summary

Diocese of Niterói (Nictheroy)
27 April 1892ErectedDiocese of São Sebastião do Rio de Janeiro Diocese of Niterói (Nictheroy) (erected)
15 November 1895Territory LostDiocese of Niterói (Nictheroy) Diocese of Espírito Santo (erected)
Diocese of Petrópolis
16 July 1897Name ChangedDiocese of Niterói (Nictheroy) Diocese of Petrópolis
Diocese of Niterói (Nictheroy)
25 February 1908Name ChangedDiocese of Petrópolis Diocese of Niterói (Nictheroy)
4 December 1922Territory LostDiocese of Niterói (Nictheroy) Diocese of Barra do Piraí (erected)
Diocese of Campos (erected)
13 April 1946Territory LostDiocese of Barra do Piraí (S. Joâo de Nerity and Gaxias)
Diocese of Niterói (Nictheroy) (Sâo Pedro d'Alcantara do Petropolis, S. Antonio do Alto da Serra, San Norberto, Cascatinha, Itaipava, Sào José do Rio Preto, S. Antonio do Alto da Serra de Sebastiana, Nossa Senhora da Piedade di Mage, S. Nicolau da Surui, Irihomirim, Gapimirim, Nossa...)
Diocese of Petrópolis (erected)
26 March 1960Territory LostDiocese of Campos (Casimiro de Abreu, Conceição de Macabu, Macaé, Santa Maria Madalena, São Sebastião do Alto, Trajano de Moráis, and parts of Cordeiro)
Diocese of Niterói (Nictheroy) (Bom Jardim, Cachoeiras de Macacu, Cantagalo, Duas Barras, Itaocara, Nova Friburgo, and parts of Cordeiro)
Diocese of Valença (Carmo and Sumidouro)
Diocese of Nova Friburgo (erected)
Archdiocese of Niterói
26 March 1960ElevatedDiocese of Niterói (Nictheroy) Archdiocese of Niterói


YearCatholicsTotal PopulationPercent CatholicDiocesan PriestsReligious PriestsTotal PriestsCatholics Per PriestPermanent DeaconsMale ReligiousFemale ReligiousParishesSource
Archdiocese of Niterói

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

Affiliated Bishops, Living

Affiliated Bishops, Deceased


  • Archdiocese of Niterói
    • Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 52, Page 876, to Page 879


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