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Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Santiago de Compostela

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Archdiocese of Santiago de Compostela

Archidioecesis Compostellana

Arquidiocese de Santiago de Compostela (Galician)
Archidiócesis de Santiago de Compostela (Spanish)
2010-Catedral de Santiago de Compostela-Galicia (Spain) 4.jpg
Country Spain
Ecclesiastical provinceSantiago de Compostela
Area8,545 km2 (3,299 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics (including non-members)
(as of 2010)
1,192,508 (91.7%)
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteRoman Rite
Established5 December 1095 (As Diocese of Santiago de Compostela)
27 February 1120 (As Archdiocese of Santiago de Compostela)
CathedralCathedral basilica of St James the Apostle in Santiago de Compostela
Patron saintSt James the Greater
Current leadership
Metropolitan ArchbishopJulián Barrio Barrio
SuffragansDiocese of Lugo
Diocese of Mondoñedo-Ferrol
Diocese of Ourense
Diocese of Tui-Vigo
Auxiliary BishopsFrancisco José Prieto Fernández
Website of the Archdiocese

The Metropolitan Archdiocese of (Santiago de) Compostela (Latin: Archidioecesis Compostellana), is the senior of the five districts in which the Catholic Church divides Galicia in North-western Spain.[1][2]

The Metropolitan Archbishop of Santiago of Compostela has his "cathedra" – i.e. (archi)episcopal see : from Greek/Latin "seat" – in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, dedicated to the Apostle St. James, after whom Santiago is named.

Extent and statistics

The archdiocesan jurisdiction covers most of the parishes the central part of Galicia, including the cities of A Coruña and Pontevedra. As per 2014, it pastorally served 1,178,000 Catholics (88.9% of 1,324,741 total) on 8,546 km² in 1,071 parishes and 3 missions with 732 priests (536 diocesan, 196 religious), 4 deacons, 1,052 lay religious (400 brothers, 652 sisters) and 22 seminarians.

Ecclesiastical province

Covers all Galicia, with four suffragan sees :


See Diocese of Iria Flavia for its precursor and early history when the see was shared.
  • Established formally on 5 December 1095 as Diocese of Santiago de Compostela / Compostellan(us) (Latin adjective), on the territory of the suppressed Diocese of Iria Flavia.
  • Promoted on 1120.02.27 by Pope Calixtus II as Metropolitan Archdiocese of Santiago de Compostela.
  • In 1954.10.17 it gained territory from its suffragan Diocese of Mondoñedo.
  • It enjoyed Papal visits from Pope John Paul II in November 1982 and August 1989 and from Pope Benedict XVI in November 2010.

Episcopal ordinaries

See Diocese of Iria Flavia for Bishops shared with its precursor.
Suffragan Bishops of (Santiago de) Compostela

On 5 December 1095 Pope Urban II issued the bull Veterum sinodalia transferring the diocese of Iria to Compostela.

Metropolitan Archbishops of (Santiago de) Compostela

In 1120 Pope Calixtus II raised Compostela to an archdiocese.

Archbishop Julián Barrio Barrio
Archbishop Julián Barrio Barrio


  1. ^ "Archdiocese of Santiago de Compostela" David M. Cheney. Retrieved February 29, 2016
  2. ^ "Metropolitan Archdiocese of Santiago de Compostela" Gabriel Chow. Retrieved February 29, 2016

Sources and external links

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