Archdiocese of Santiago de Chile

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Archdiocese of Santiago de Chile
Map of the Archdiocese of Santiago de Chile
Basic data
Country Chile
Diocesan bishop Celestino Aós Braco OFMCap
Auxiliary bishop Andrés Arteaga Manieu
Pedro Ossandón Buljevic
Galo Fernández Villaseca
Cristián Carlo Roncagliolo Pacheco
Alberto Ricardo Lorenzelli Rossi SDB
Julio Esteban Larrondo Yáñez (appointed)
Emeritus diocesan bishop Francisco Javier Cardinal Errázuriz Ossa
Ricardo Cardinal Ezzati Andrello SDB
Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Carlos Eugenio Irarrázaval Errázuriz (resigned before consecration)
surface 9,132 km²
Vicariates 7 (12/24/2008)
Parishes 212 (2017 / AP 2018 )
Residents 6,360,000 (2017 / AP 2018 )
Catholics 4,255,000 (2017 / AP 2018 )
proportion of 66.9%
Diocesan priest 250 (2017 / AP 2018 )
Religious priest 517 (2017 / AP 2018 )
Catholics per priest 5,548
Permanent deacons 385 (2017 / AP 2018 )
Friars 899 (2017 / AP 2018 )
Religious sisters 983 (2017 / AP 2018 )
rite Roman rite
Liturgical language Spanish
cathedral Catedral Metropolitana de Santiago
Suffragan dioceses Diocese of Linares
Diocese of Melipilla
Diocese of Rancagua
Diocese of San Bernardo
Diocese of San Felipe
Diocese of Talca
Diocese of Valparaíso
Development of membership numbers

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Santiago de Chile ( lat. : Archidioecesis Sancti Jacobi in Chile , span. : Arquidiócesis de Santiago de Chile ) is an in Chile located Archdiocese of the Roman Catholic Church , based in Santiago de Chile .


The diocese of Santiago de Chile was established on June 27, 1561 by Pope Pius IV from cessions of territory from the Archdiocese of Lima and the Diocese of La Plata o Charcas . It was subordinated to the Archdiocese of Lima as a suffragan .

On May 21, 1840, the Diocese of Santiago de Chile by Pope Gregory XVI. raised to the archbishopric. It also became the seat of a metropolitan . The archbishopric gave up several times in its history parts of its territory to establish new dioceses.

The Archbishop of Santiago de Chile is also the Primate of Chile . Since 1946, all archbishops of Santiago de Chile have been created cardinals , so that Santiago de Chile is traditionally a bishopric with a cardinal dignity.

On July 12, 2018, the former abuse officer and chancellor of the Archdiocese, Óscar Muñoz Toledo , was arrested on suspicion of sexually abusing seven people between the ages of 11 and 17 between 2002 and 2018 . In January 2018, he had accused himself of the acts in front of the abuse reporting office of the archdiocese; In May 2018, a preliminary investigation was initiated.

At the end of July 2018, the incumbent archbishop and former chairman of the Chilean Bishops' Conference, Ricardo Ezzati Andrello , was summoned for questioning by the public prosecutor's office on suspicion of having covered up sexual abuse by church representatives for years. If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison.

See also

Individual evidence

  1. Scandal about statements: Auxiliary Bishop of Santiago resigns before his consecration. Catholic News Agency June 15, 2019
  2. Chile: detienen al ex alto cargo de arzobispado de Santiago, Óscar Muñoz Toledo, por presuntos abusos de menores. BBC World Service July 13, 2018
  3. Roland Peters: Chile's church elite threatens the fall. n-tv from July 29, 2018

Web links

Commons : Archdiocese of Santiago de Chile  - Collection of images, videos and audio files
Santiago Cathedral, Chile