Roman Catholic Diocese of Basel

The Diocese of Basel (German: Bistum Basel; Latin: Dioecesis Basileensis) is a Roman Catholic diocese in Switzerland.

Diocese of Basel

Dioecesis Basileensis

Bistum Basel
Solothurn Cathedral, the seat of the diocese
Location
Country  Switzerland
TerritoryAargau, Basel-Country, Basel-City, Berne, Jura, Lucerne, Schaffhausen, Solothurn, Thurgau, and Zug
MetropolitanImmediately Subject to the Holy See
Statistics
Area12,585 km2 (4,859 sq mi)
Population
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2015)
3,181,000
1,123,000 (35.3%)
Parishes520
Information
DenominationRoman Catholic
RiteLatin
Established740
(As Diocese of Basel)
7 September 1888
(As Diocese of Basel e Lugano)
8 March 1971
(As Diocese of Basel)
CathedralSt. Ursus Cathedral, Solothurn
Secular priests675
Current leadership
PopeFrancis
BishopFelix Gmür
Auxiliary BishopsDenis Theurillat, Martin Gächter
Bishops emeritusHansjörg Vogel
Map

Map of the modern diocese of Basel within Switzerland
Website
Website of the Diocese

Historically, the bishops of Basel were also secular rulers of the Prince-Bishopric of Basel (German: Fürstbistum Basel).

The bishop of Basel has not resided in the city of Basel since 1528. Solothurn is the seat of the Bishop of Basel.

Today the diocese of Basel includes the Swiss cantons of Aargau, Basel-Country, Basel-City, Berne, Jura, Lucerne, Schaffhausen, Solothurn, Thurgau, and Zug.

Ordinaries

For a list of bishops prior to 1583, see: List of Bishops of Basel

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