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Roman Catholic Diocese of Barinas

Diocese of Barinas

Dioecesis Barinensis
Catedral de Barinas, Venezuela.jpg
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Pillar
Location
Country Venezuela
Ecclesiastical provinceMérida
Statistics
Area35,200 km2 (13,600 sq mi)
Population
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2006)
647,000
609,000 (94.1%)
Information
RiteLatin Rite
Established23 July 1965 (54 years ago)
CathedralCatedral de Nuestra Señora del Pilar
Current leadership
PopeFrancis
BishopJesús Alfonso Guerrero Contreras, O.F.M. Cap.
Bishops emeritusRamón Antonio Linares Sandoval

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Barinas (Latin: Dioecesis Barinensis) is a suffragan Latin diocese, in the Ecclesiastical province of Mérida, in western Venezuela's land-lockes Barinas state.

Its cathedral episcopal see is the Marian catedral de Nuestra Señora del Pilar, dedicated to Our Lady of the Pillar, located in the eponymous state capital Barinas.

History

Bishops

Episcopal ordinaries

Suffragan Bishops of Barinas
  • Rafael Angel González Ramírez (1965.07.23 – 1992.08.01)
  • Antonio José López Castillo (1992.08.01 – 2001.12.27) ; previously Titular Bishop of Theuzi (1988.02.26 – 1992.08.01) & Auxiliary Bishop of Maracaibo (Venezuela) (1988.02.26 – 1992.08.01; later Metropolitan Archbishop of Calabozo (Venezuela) (2001.12.27 – 2007.12.22), Metropolitan Archbishop of Barquisimeto (Venezuela) (2007.12.22 – ...)
  • Ramón Antonio Linares Sandoval (2002.07.16 – retired 2013.08.30), previously Bishop of Puerto Cabello (Venezuela) (1994.07.05 – 2002.07.16); later Apostolic Administrator of Acarigua–Araure (Venezuela) (2013.12 – 2015.08.10)
  • José Luis Azuaje Ayala (2013.08.30 – 2018.05.24), also Vice-President of Episcopal Conference of Venezuela (2012.01.12 – ...); previously titular Bishop of Italica (1999.03.18 – 2006.07.15) & Auxiliary Bishop of Barquisimeto (Venezuela) (1999.03.18 – 2006.07.15), Apostolic Administrator of El Vigía–San Carlos del Zulia (Venezuela) (2005 – 2006.07.15), promoted Bishop of El Vigía–San Carlos del Zulia (2006.07.15 – 2013.08.30); later Archbishop of Maracaibo 2018.05.24 - ...)
  • Jesús Alfonso Guerrero Contreras, O.F.M. Cap. (2018.12.21 - ...), previously titular Bishop of Leptiminus (1995.12.06 - 2011.04.09) & Vicar Apostolic of Caroní (1995.12.06 - 2011.04.09), Bishop of Machiques (2011.04.09 - 2018.12.21)

Auxiliary bishops

  • José Vicente Henriquez Andueza, S.D.B. (1981-1985), appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Caracas, Santiago de Venezuela
  • Alejandro Figueroa Medina (1986-1995), appointed Bishop of Guanare

Other priest of this diocese who became bishop

  • Polito Rodríguez Méndez, appointed Bishop of San Carlos de Venezuela in 2016

See also

Sources and external links