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Archdiocese of Olinda e Recife

Archidioecesis Olindensis et Recifensis

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Suffragan Dioceses

General Information

  • Type of Jurisdiction: Archdiocese
  • Name Changed: 26 July 1918
  • Metropolitan See
  • Rite: Latin (or Roman)
  • State: Pernambuco
  • Country: Brazil
  • Square Kilometers: 4,058 (1,567 Square Miles)
  • Conference Region: Nordeste 2
  • Official Web Site:
  • Mailing Address: Av. Rui Barbosa 409, Gracas, 52011-040 Recife, PE, Brazil
  • Telephone: (081)3271-4270

Historical Details

Past and Present Ordinaries

Historical Summary

Territorial Prelature of Pernambuco
1614Territory LostTerritorial Prelature of Pernambuco Apostolic Administration of São Luís do Maranhão (erected)
15 July 1614ErectedDiocese of São Salvador da Bahia de Todos os Santos Territorial Prelature of Pernambuco (erected)
Diocese of Olinda
16 November 1676ElevatedTerritorial Prelature of Pernambuco Diocese of Olinda
6 June 1854Territory LostDiocese of Olinda Diocese of Fortaleza (Ceará) (erected)
27 April 1892Territory LostDiocese of Olinda Diocese of Paraíba (erected)
2 July 1900Territory LostDiocese of Olinda (Alagoas) Diocese of Alagôas (erected)
5 December 1910Territory LostDiocese of Olinda Diocese of Floresta (erected)
Archdiocese of Olinda
5 December 1910ElevatedDiocese of Olinda Archdiocese of Olinda
Archdiocese of Olinda e Recife
26 July 1918Name ChangedArchdiocese of Olinda Archdiocese of Olinda e Recife
2 August 1918Territory LostArchdiocese of Olinda e Recife Diocese of Garanhuns (erected)
Diocese of Nazaré (erected)
7 August 1948Territory LostDiocese of Nazaré (Santa Cruz)
Archdiocese of Olinda e Recife (Nossa Senhora das Dores de Garuarú, Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Garuará, São Gaetano, Santo Antonio de Cachoeirinha, Nossa Senhora do Ó Altinho, Santo Antonio de Behedouro, São Joaquim, Nossa Senhora da Gonceção do Bonito, São Felix de Gamocim, São José..)
Diocese of Pesqueira (Riacho das Almas)
Diocese of Caruaru (erected)
13 January 1962Territory LostDiocese of Garanhuns (Cities of Palmares, Barreiros, Agua Prêta, Joaquim Nabuco, Catende, Beiern de Maria, Maraial, Lagôa dos Gatos, and Cupira)
Archdiocese of Olinda e Recife (Cities of Rio Formoso, Sirinhaém, Gameleira, Ribeirâo, and Cortes)
Diocese of Palmares (erected)


YearCatholicsTotal PopulationPercent CatholicDiocesan PriestsReligious PriestsTotal PriestsCatholics Per PriestPermanent DeaconsMale ReligiousFemale ReligiousParishesSource
Archdiocese of Olinda e Recife

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

Affiliated Bishops, Living

Affiliated Bishops, Deceased


  • Diocese of Olinda
    • Series Episcoporum Ecclesiae Catholicae, Volume 1, Page 134, to Page 135


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