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Diocese of Eichstätt
|Area||6,025 km2 (2,326 sq mi)|
- Catholics (including non-members)
|(as of 2006)|
|Sui iuris church||Latin Church|
|Patron saint|| St. Walburga |
|Bishop||Gregor Maria Franz Hanke, O.S.B|
|Metropolitan Archbishop||Ludwig Schick|
The Diocese of Eichstätt is a diocese of the Catholic Church in Bavaria. Its seat is Eichstätt, and it is subordinate to the archbishop of Bamberg. The diocese was erected in 745; from the Middle Ages until 1805, it was a state of the Holy Roman Empire. The current bishop of Eichstätt is Dr. Gregor Maria Hanke, OSB; formerly the Abbot of the Benedictine Abbey of Plankstetten, he was named to the See by Pope Benedict XVI on 14 October 2006, and he was consecrated at the Cathedral of Eichstätt on 2 December 2006. The diocese covers an area of 6,025 km², with 48,9% (as per 31 Dez. 2006) just under half of the population is catholic.
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