Archdiocese of Vilnius

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Archdiocese of Vilnius
Map of the Archdiocese of Vilnius
Basic data
Country Lithuania
Diocesan bishop Gintaras Grušas
Auxiliary bishop Arūnas Poniškaitis
Darius Trijonis
Emeritus diocesan bishop Audrys Cardinal Bačkis
founding 1388
surface 9,644 km²
Parishes 95 (2014 / AP2015 )
Residents 773,406 (2014 / AP2015 )
Catholics 558,847 (2014 / AP2015 )
proportion of 72.3%
Diocesan priest 131 (2014 / AP2015 )
Religious priest 44 (2014 / AP2015 )
Catholics per priest 3,193
Friars 54 (2014 / AP2015 )
Religious sisters 172 (2014 / AP2015 )
rite Roman rite
Liturgical language Lithuanian
cathedral St. Stanislaus
Suffragan dioceses Kaišiadorys

The Archdiocese of Vilnius ( Latin : Archidioecesis Vilnensis , lit. Vilniaus arkivyskupija ) is an archdiocese in eastern Lithuania and an important part of the Roman Catholic Church in Lithuania .


The foundation of the diocese of Vilnius goes back to the 14th century, when Lithuania was Christianized through the marriage of the Lithuanian prince Jogaila with Hedwig von Anjou .

After Vilnius had been annexed by Poland in 1922, the Holy See saw itself under Pope Pius XI. forced to elevate Vilnius to an archdiocese and metropolitan area on October 28, 1926 , in addition to the Lithuanian ecclesiastical province with its seat in Kaunas . At the same time, the suffragans Kaišiadorys and Panevėžys were created by separation.

After the reorganization of the Lithuanian church in 1991, both church provinces were preserved. At the same time, the territories of the Archdiocese of Vilnius in the Republic of Poland were raised to the Białystok diocese .


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