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Vicariate Apostolic of Harar

Vicariatus Apostolicus Hararensis

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  • Angelo Pagano, O.F.M. Cap., Vicar Apostolic
  • Woldetensaé Ghebreghiorghis, O.F.M. Cap., Vicar Apostolic Emeritus

General Information

  • Type of Jurisdiction: Vicariate Apostolic
  • Name Changed: 25 March 1937
  • Vicariate
  • Depends on: Dicastery for Evangelization
  • Rite: Latin (or Roman)
  • Country: Ethiopia
  • Square Kilometers: 262,000 (101,197 Square Miles)
  • Mailing Address: Catholic Mission, P.O. Box 177, Harar, Ethiopia
  • Telephone: (025)666.04.17
  • Fax: 666.36.60

Historical Details

Past and Present Ordinaries

Historical Summary

Vicariate Apostolic of Galla
4 May 1846ErectedPrefecture Apostolic of Abyssinia Vicariate Apostolic of Galla (erected)
4 May 1888Territory LostVicariate Apostolic of Galla Vicariate Apostolic of Aden (erected)
28 January 1913Territory LostVicariate Apostolic of Galla Prefecture Apostolic of Southern Kaffa {Kaffa Meridionale} (erected)
28 April 1914Territory LostVicariate Apostolic of Galla Prefecture Apostolic of Djibouti (Gibuti) (erected)
5 February 1925Territory AddedVicariate Apostolic of Galla (Boundaries Adjusted)
Prefecture Apostolic of Kaffa (Boundaries Adjusted)
13 February 1925Territory LostVicariate Apostolic of Galla (Somalia Abyssina) Prefecture Apostolic of Djibouti (Gibuti)
10 March 1926Territory AddedVicariate Apostolic of Galla (Boundaries Adjusted)
Prefecture Apostolic of Kaffa (Boundaries Adjusted)
25 March 1937Territory LostVicariate Apostolic of Galla
Prefecture Apostolic of Kaffa
Prefecture Apostolic of Neghelli (erected) (Sidamo and Borana (in Galla and Sidamo))
Vicariate Apostolic of Harar
25 March 1937Name ChangedVicariate Apostolic of Galla Vicariate Apostolic of Harar
15 October 1969Territory AddedVicariate Apostolic of Harar (Harar, Bale, and Arussi along with Haykoch-Butagira and Nazareth)
6 March 1980Territory LostVicariate Apostolic of Harar (Arssi and Bale along with Butejira-Haigotch) Prefecture Apostolic of Meki (erected)


YearCatholicsTotal PopulationPercent CatholicDiocesan PriestsReligious PriestsTotal PriestsCatholics Per PriestPermanent DeaconsMale ReligiousFemale ReligiousParishesSource
Vicariate Apostolic of Harar

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

Affiliated Bishops, Living

Affiliated Bishops, Deceased


  • Vicariate Apostolic of Galla
    • Series Episcoporum Ecclesiae Catholicae, Volume 1, Page 475
    • Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 17, Page 132, and Page 133
    • Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 18, Page 372, and Page 373
  • Vicariate Apostolic of Harar
    • Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 29, Page 362, and Page 363
    • Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 62, Page 136


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