Bishopric of Constantine
|Bishopric of Constantine|
|Metropolitan bishopric||Archdiocese of Algiers|
|Diocesan bishop||Nicolas Lhernould|
|Parishes||6 (2016 / AP 2017 )|
|Residents||13,464,815 (2016 / AP 2017 )|
|Catholics||1,500 (2016 / AP 2017 )|
|Diocesan priest||3 (2016 / AP 2017 )|
|Religious priest||8 (2016 / AP 2017 )|
|Catholics per priest||136|
|Friars||8 (2016 / AP 2017 )|
|Religious sisters||20 (2016 / AP 2017 )|
|cathedral||Cathédrale Notre-Dame des Sept-Douleurs|
The Diocese of Constantine-Hippone ( Latin : Dioecesis Constantiniana-Hipponensis Regiorum ) is a diocese of the Roman Catholic Church in Algeria with its seat in Constantine .
The diocese was on July 25, 1866 by Pope Pius IX. founded as a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Algiers ; the first bishop was Félix-Joseph-François-Barthélemy de Las Cases. On September 23, 1867, it changed its name to Constantine-Hippone.
Hippone, today's Annaba , is the ancient Hippo Regius, the city of St. Augustine . And just in his memory, this city was included in the name of the diocese in 1867 , so that it still lives on today.
The 110,522 km² diocese had 180,000 believers in 1950, 10,000 in 1980 and 4,000 in 1990. Today there are only 300 Catholics left with a population of 11,000,000 in this region. With 12 diocesan priests (in 1950 there were 87), 7 religious priests and 35 religious sisters (1950 there were 213), in 7 parishes (1950 there were 73), the number of religious members has decreased significantly for decades.
The departure of the French occupation led to a profound restructuring in the diocese, as in the other dioceses in Algeria. It is not without interest that most of the bishops were always diocesan priests.
Places of worship currently exist in
- Annaba (Basilica of St. Augustine )
List of bishops
- Félix-Joseph-François-Barthélemy de Las Cases (1867–1870)
- Joseph-Jean-Louis Robert (1872–1878), then Bishop of Marseille
- Prosper Auguste Dusserre (1878–1880), also coadjutor of the Archbishop of Algiers
- Barthélemy Clément Combes (1881–1893), then Archbishop of Carthage
- Ludovic-Henri-Marie-Ixile Julien-Laferrière (1894-1896)
- Jules-Etienne Gazaniol (1896–1913)
- Jules-Alexandre-Léon Bouissière (1913-1916)
- Amiel-François Bessière (1917–1923)
- Emile-Jean-François Thiénard (1924–1945)
- Léon-Etienne Duval (1946–1954), then Archbishop of Algiers
- Paul-Pierre-Marie-Joseph Pinier (1954–1970)
- Jean Baptiste Joseph Scotto (1970-1983)
- Gabriel Piroird is. del Prado (1983-2008)
- Paul Desfarges SJ (2008–2016), then Archbishop of Algiers
- Nicolas Lhernould (since 2019)
- Website of the Diocese of Constantine (French)
- Entry for the Diocese of Constantine on catholic-hierarchy.org