Roman Catholic Diocese of Constantine

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Diocese of Constantine

Dioecesis Constantinianus
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Map of the Diocese of Constantine
CountryFlag of Algeria.svg  Algeria
Ecclesiastical province Alger
Metropolitan Constantine
Area110,522 km2 (42,673 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2013)
1,000 (0.0%)
Rite Roman
EstablishedJuly 25, 1866 (1866-07-25)
Cathedral Cathédrale Notre-Dame des Sept-Douleurs, Constantine
Secular priests 16
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Sede vacante
Metropolitan Archbishop Paul Jacques Marie Desfarges

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Constantine (Latin : Dioecesis Constantinianus, French : Diocèse de Constantine) is a Roman Catholic diocese in the Ecclesiastical province of Algiers in Algeria.

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Diocese Christian district or see under the supervision of a bishop

The word diocese is derived from the Greek term dioikesis (διοίκησις) meaning "administration". Today, when used in an ecclesiastical sense, it refers to the ecclesiastical district under the jurisdiction of a bishop.

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July 25, 1866: Established as Diocese of Constantine from the Diocese of Algiers.

United titles

Diocese of Hippo (since 1867.09.23)

Special churches

The seat of the bishop is Cathedral the Cathédrale Notre-Dame des Sept-Douleurs in Constantine. There is a Minor Basilica at the Basilique Saint Augustin in Annaba (Hippo).

Constantine, Algeria City in Constantine Province, Algeria

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Annaba City in Annaba Province, Algeria

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Hippo Regius ancient name for Annaba, Algeria

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Bishops of Constantine

  1. Félix-Joseph-François-Barthélemy de Las Cases (January 12, 1867August 29, 1870)
  2. Joseph-Jean-Louis Robert (February 27, 1872July 15, 1878)
  3. Prosper Auguste Dusserre (July 31, 1878February 27, 1880)
  4. François-Charles-Marie Gillard (February 27, 1880 - September 29, 1880)
  5. Barthélemy Clément Combes (February 17, 1881June 15, 1893)
  6. Ludovic-Henri-Marie-Ixile Julien-Laferrière (January 29, 1894August 12, 1896)
  7. Jules-Etienne Gazaniol (October 13, 1896May 22, 1913)
  8. Jules-Alexandre-Léon Bouissière (May 26, 1913September 10, 1916)
  9. Amiel-François Bessière (January 2, 1917October 3, 1923)
  10. Emile-Jean-François Thiénard (March 24, 1924October 26, 1945)
  11. Léon-Étienne Duval (November 3, 1946February 3, 1954)
  12. Paul Pierre Pinier (March 27, 1954January 31, 1970)
  13. Jean Baptiste Joseph Scotto (August 19, 1970March 25, 1983)
  14. Gabriel Piroird, IdP (March 25, 1983November 21, 2008)
  15. Paul Jacques Marie Desfarges, S.J. (November 21, 2008 - December 24, 2016)


The Cathedral in Constantine, 1894 LAMBART(1895) p070 CATHEDRAL, CONSTANTINE.jpg
The Cathedral in Constantine, 1894

Coordinates: 36°52′54″N7°44′42″E / 36.8817°N 7.7451°E / 36.8817; 7.7451

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