Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Paris

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Archdiocese of Paris
Archidioecesis Parisiensis
Archidiocèse de Paris
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Country  France
Metropolitan Paris
Coordinates Coordinates: 48°51′12″N 2°20′57″E / 48.8533°N 2.34925°E / 48.8533; 2.34925
Area 105.4 km2 (40.7 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2015)
Increase 2,265,886
Increase 1,358,604 (Steady 60%)
Parishes 114
Denomination Roman Catholic
Sui iuris church Latin Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established 3rd century
(As Diocese of Paris)
(As Archdiocese of Paris)
Cathedral Notre Dame de Paris
Patron saint Saint Denis
Saint Genevieve
Secular priests 1,296
Current leadership
Pope Pope Francis
Archbishop Michel Aupetit
Auxiliary Bishops
Emeritus Bishops Cardinal André Armand Vingt-Trois Archbishop Emeritus (2005-2017)
Claude Henri Edouard Frikart Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus (1986–1997)
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Website of the Archdiocese

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Paris (Latin: Archidioecesis Parisiensis; French: Archidiocèse de Paris) is one of twenty-three archdioceses of the Roman Catholic Church in France. The original diocese is traditionally thought to have been created in the 3rd century by St. Denis and corresponded with the Civitas Parisiorum; it was elevated to an archdiocese on October 20, 1622.


Its suffragan dioceses, created in 1966 and encompassing the Île-de-France region, are in Créteil (Val-de-Marne), Évry-Corbeil-Essonnes (Essonne), Meaux (Seine-et-Marne), Nanterre (Hauts-de-Seine), Pontoise (Val-d'Oise), Saint-Denis (Seine-Saint-Denis), and Versailles (Yvelines). Its liturgical centre is at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, the archbishop resides on rue Barbet de Jouy in the 6th arrondissement, but there are diocesan offices in rue de la Ville-Eveque, rue St. Bernard and in other areas of the city, the archbishop is ordinary for Eastern Catholics (except Armenians and Ukrainians) in France.

The title of Duc de Saint-Cloud was created in 1674 for the archbishops.

Prior to 1790 the diocese was divided into three archdeaconries: France, Hurepoix, Brie.

Until the creation of new dioceses in 1966 there were two archdeaconries: Madeleine and St. Séverin.

The churches of the current diocese can be divided into several categories:

i) Latin Church parishes. These are grouped into deaneries and subject to vicars-general who often coincide with auxiliary bishops.

ii) Churches belonging to religious communities.

iii) Chapels for various foreign communities using various languages.

iv) Eastern-Church parishes and communities throughout France dependent on the Archbishop as Ordinary of the Ordinariate of France, Faithful of Eastern Rites.

Bishops of Paris[edit]

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From 1500[edit]

Archbishops of Paris[edit]

The Diocese of Paris was elevated to the rank of archdiocese on October 20, 1622.

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