Roman Catholic Church in Venezuela
The Roman Catholic Church in Venezuela is part of the worldwide Roman Catholic Church .
The Roman Catholic Church in Venezuela has 24,815,000 members, or 87.82% of the population.
Divided into nine church provinces with 33 (arch) dioceses, four apostolic vicariats and a military ordinariate also belong to the bishops' conference. The oldest diocese is the Archdiocese of Caracas, founded in 1531, followed by the Archdiocese of Mérida in 1778 and today's Archdiocese of Ciudad Bolívar in 1790.
1,493 diocesan priests, 1,064 religious priests and 3,775 religious sisters live and work in the country's 1,256 parishes.
Dioceses in Venezuela
- Archdiocese of Barquisimeto : Diocese of Acarigua-Araure , Diocese of Carora , Diocese of Guanare , Diocese of San Felipe
- Archdiocese of Calabozo : Diocese of San Fernando de Apure , Diocese of Valle de la Pascua
- Archdiocese of Caracas : Diocese of Guarenas , Diocese of La Guaira , Diocese of Los Teques
- Archdiocese of Ciudad Bolívar : Diocese of Ciudad Guayana , Diocese of Maturín
- Archdiocese of Coro : Diocese of Punto Fijo
- Archdiocese of Cumaná : Diocese of Barcelona , Diocese of Carúpano , Diocese of El Tigre , Diocese of Margarita
- Archdiocese of Maracaibo : Diocese of Cabimas , Diocese of Machiques , Diocese of El Vigía-San Carlos del Zulia
- Archdiocese of Mérida : Diocese of Barinas , Diocese of Guasdualito , Diocese of San Cristóbal de Venezuela , Diocese of Trujillo
- Archdiocese of Valencia en Venezuela : Diocese of Maracay , Diocese of Puerto Cabello , Diocese of San Carlos de Venezuela
- Immediate: Military Ordinary , Apostolic Vicariate Caroní , Apostolic Vicariate Puerto Ayacucho , Apostolic Vicariate Tucupita
President of the Episcopal Conference of Venezuela
Conferencia Episcopal Venezolana CEV
- 1958–1961 Acacio Chacón Guerra , Archbishop of Mérida
- 1961–1972 José Cardinal Quintero , Archbishop of Caracas
- 1972–1978 Críspulo Benítez Fontúrvel , Archbishop of Barquisimeto
- 1978–1984 Domingo Roa Pérez , Archbishop of Maracaibo
- 1984–1990 José Cardinal Lebrún , Archbishop of Caracas
- 1990–1996 Ramón Pérez , Archbishop of Maracaibo
- 1999–2006 Baltazar Porras , Archbishop of Mérida
- 2006–2012 Ubaldo Santana , Archbishop of Maracaibo
- 2012–2018 Diego Padrón , Archbishop of Cumaná
- since 2018 José Luis Azuaje Ayala , Archbishop of Maracaibo