is an online database of bishops and dioceses of the Roman Catholic Church and Eastern Catholic Churches. The website is not officially sanctioned by the Church. It is run as a private project by David M. Cheney in Kansas City.[2][3]
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Created byDavid M. Cheney
Alexa rank147,811 (June 30, 2018)[1]
Current statusActive

Origin and contents

In the 1990s, David M. Cheney created a simple internet website that documented the Roman Catholic bishops in his home state of Texas - many of whom did not have webpages.[3] In 2002, after moving to the Midwest, he officially created the present website and expanded to cover the United States and eventually the world.[3] The database contains geographical, organizational and address information on each Catholic diocese in the world, including Eastern Catholic Churches in full communion with the Holy See, such as the Maronite Catholic Church and the Syro-Malabar Church.

It also gives biographical information on current and previous bishops of each diocese, such as dates of birth, ordinations and (when applicable) death.


The website is cited as a reference by Vatican Radio[4] as well as by numerous Catholic dioceses around the world,[5][6][7] academic institutions,[8][9][10][11] libraries,[12][13][14] newspapers (both mainstream[15][16][17][18][19] and Catholic),[20] and in published works.[21] Vaticanologist Sandro Magister lists it as a recommended site on Catholicism.[22] It is also used as a reference by other church writers including John L. Allen, Jr.,[23] canon lawyer Edward N. Peters,[24] and Rocco Palmo.[25] The Zenit News Agency states that the webpage provides a "silent, unique service to the Church".[26]


Among the printed sources used are the Holy See publications: Annuario Pontificio, Acta Apostolicae Sedis and Acta Sanctae Sedis. Historical studies by authors whose surnames range from Andrade to Zúñíga are also utilized.[27]

The Vatican Information Service provides news about changes affecting dioceses and bishops. An other primary source of informations for bishop's appointing, biographies and eventual resignations, has been the archive of the Holy See Daily Bulletin given by the Holy See Press Office[28], and the monthly official pubblication named Acta Sanctae Sedis (about members of the Roman Curia or Apostolic Nuncios)[29].


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  2. ^ La Croix: "David Cheney, l'homme qui recense les évêques" Nicolas SENÈZE le 24/11/2008
  3. ^ a b c Katholisch Deutsch: "Sie sammeln das Wissen der Weltkirche" Von Felix Neumann 08.08.2017
  4. ^ Vatican Radio: "Chad: A “frontier Church" at the Synod in Rome" "Statistics vary but according to '"
  5. ^ Archdiocese of Bangkok retrieved October 20, 2016
  6. ^ Diocese of Galle recommended websites retrieved October 20, 2016
  7. ^ Catholic Diocese of Jammu and Srinigar recommended websites retrieved October 20, 2016
  8. ^ The Catholic Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania - resources retrieved October 20, 2016
  9. ^ Catholic Trust for England and Wales retrieved October 20, 2016 | "To see the structure of the Catholic Church’s Hierarchy go to"
  10. ^ The Free Online Site of Washington History: "Bishop Augustin Blanchet dedicates Washington's original St. James Cathedral at Fort Vancouver on January 23, 1851" retrieved October 20, 2016
  11. ^ Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana Unidad Azcapotzalco México Estampas del catolicismo en México by Rodolfo Soriano Núñez retrieved October 20, 2016
  12. ^ Stanford University Libraries: Cardinal Francis Arinze retrieved October 20, 2016
  13. ^ Byzantine Catholic Seminary Library - list of Byzantine Catholic Websites retrieved October 20, 2016
  14. ^ John Paul the Great Catholic University website retrieved October 20, 2016
  15. ^ Washington Post: "Pope Benedict XVI's path to the papacy" February 11, 2013 | Sources: News services, Vatican,
  16. ^ Boston Globe retrieved October 20, 2016 | SOURCES:; Archdiocese of Boston; Catholic Encyclopedia;; "Dictionary of the Liturgy;" Father Jason A. Gray of the Peoria Archdiocese; United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
  17. ^ Michigan Live: "Aging priesthood part of the Catholic struggle" April 25, 2009
  18. ^ El Observador: "¿Qué implica ser parte del Colegio Cardenalicio?" Enero 4, 2015
  19. ^ BN DeStem: "Bisschop Ernst (98): 'In mijn tijd als bisschop was islam de afdeling buitenland'" 04 december 2015
  20. ^
  21. ^
    • Population Reference Bureau: "The Changing Demographics of Roman Catholics" by Rogelio Saenz August 2005
    • [2] The Next Pope By Anura Guruge
    • [3] The Virgin Mary and Catholic Identities in Chinese History By Jeremy Clarke
    • [4] Religions of the World: A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Beliefs and Practices : Six Volumes by J. Gordon Melton and Martin Baumann
    • [5] Two Texts By Edward Everett Hale by Edward Everett Hale, Hsuan L. Hsu, Susan Kalter
    • [6] Uncertain Honor: Modern Motherhood in an African Crisis By Jennifer Johnson-Hanks
    • [7] Religion and Post-Conflict Statebuilding: Roman Catholic and Sunni Islamic Perspectives (Palgrave Studies in Compromise) Mar 4, 2015 by Denis Dragovi
    • [8] Imagining the Creole City : The Rise of Literary Culture in Nineteenth-Century New Orleans by Rien Fertel
    • [9] Church Confronts Modernity: Catholicism since 1950 in the United States, Ireland, and Quebec / Edition 1 - by Leslie Woodcock Tentler
    • [10] The Encyclopedia of Caribbean Religions: Volume 1: A-L; Volume 2: M-Z by Patrick Taylor
    • [11] Charity and the Great Hunger in Ireland: The Kindness of Strangers by Christine Kinealy
    • [12] Democracy, Culture, Catholicism: Voices from Four Continents edited by Michael Schuck, John Crowley-Buck
    • [13] Mission, Communion and Relationship: A Roman Catholic Response to the Crisis of Male Youths in Africa Mission, Communion and Relationship: A Roman Catholic Response to the Crisis of Male Youths in Africa by Peter Addai-Mensah
    • [14] Diplomatic Missions of the Holy See in Hungary and East-Central Europe after theSecond World War by Margit BALOGH
    • [16] Light a Candle. Encounters and Friendship with China. Festschrift in Honour of Angelo S. Lazzarotto P.I.M.E. Edited by Roman MALEK and Gianni CRIVELLER. (Collectanea Serica). Sankt Augustin, Institut Monumenta Serica; Nettetal, Steyler Verlag, 2010. viii+564 pp.
    • [17] To Whom Does Christianity Belong?: Critical Issues in World Christianity By Dyron B. Daughrity
    • [18] The Changing World Religion Map: Sacred Places, Identities, Practices and Politics Feb 3, 2015 by Stanley D. Brunn
    • [19] Eine Marienerscheinung in Zeiten der Diktatur: der Konflikt um Peñablanca By Oliver Grasmück
    • Sede Vacante Diocesan Administration By Nord Aaron Paul "A privately operated website,, proved to have abundant and accurate data and was extremely helpful in finding and confirming the information in other sources"
  22. ^ L'espresso - Chi siamo: "Elenco di siti di Chiese e religioni" retrieved November 14, 2015
  23. ^ National Catholic Reporter: "Religious-order bishops are a long but contested tradition" by John L. Allen, Jr. February 17, 2009 | "Based on lists provided by the Catholic Hierarchy Web site ("
  24. ^ Roman Catholic Arch / Bishops of the USA retrieved October 20, 2016
  25. ^ Whispers in the Loggia: "The Pauline Ordination Conspiracy?" March 7, 2007
  26. ^ "Hobby Turned Service to the Church - Interview With Web Master of" By Kathleen Naab Archived 2015-09-24 at the Wayback Machine March 29, 2011
  27. ^ David M. Cheney (2013-05-24). "sources". Retrieved 2014-06-18.
  28. ^ "Holy See Daily Bulletin". (in English, Spanish, and Italian). Archived from the original on Dec 16, 2018.
  29. ^ "Archive of the Acta Sanctae Sedis form year 1908" (pdf). Holy See (in Latin and English). Archived from the original on Dec 18, 2018.

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Bishop of Lausanne

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Bern secularized the bishopric in 1536. The bishop fled into exile, first in Evian, and then in Burgundy. Today, the Catholic diocese of Fribourg, Lausanne, and Geneva has its seat in Fribourg.

For the ecclesiastical history, see Lausanne and Geneva bishopric(s)

Latin Catholic Diocese of Gibraltar

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The Diocese's episcopal seat (cathedra) is located in the Cathedral of St. Mary the Crowned. The diocese also has a National Shrine of Our Lady of Europe.

The incumbent, the Right Reverend Carmelo Zammit, who was appointed Bishop of Gibraltar on 24 June 2016 and received episcopal ordination on 8 September 2016, was installed there on 24 September 2016.Lacking independence, the tiny territory (governed as British overseas territory, but claimed by Spain) had no diplomatic relations, so no papal diplomatic representation.

List of Catholic bishops of Lviv

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List of archbishops of Gniezno and primates of Poland

This is a list of Archbishops of the Archdiocese of Gniezno, who are simultaneously Primates of Poland since 1418. They also served as interrex in the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth.

Since 1821 until 1946 in personal union with the Archdiocese of Poznań.

Since 1946 until 1992 in personal union with the Archdiocese of Warsaw.List of archbishops

(999–after 1000) Radim Gaudentius

(before 1025? – 1027) Hipolit

1027–1028 Bossuta Stefan

1076? – 1092 Bogumił

? Heinrich von Wülzburg

(attested 1100–1112) Marcin

? Heinrich von Wülzburg

(attested 1136–1146/48) Jakub I ze Żnina

(1149–after 1167) Jan Gryfita

(attested 1177–1180) Zdzisław I

(probably in 1180s.) Bogumilus

(attested from 1191 – died 1198/9) Piotr

1199–1219 Henryk I Ketlicz

1219–1220 Iwo Odrowąż

1220–1232 Wincenty I Niałek

1232–1258 Fulko I

1258–1271 Janusz Tarnowa

1271–1278 vacant

1278 Martin of Opava

1278–1283 vacant

1283–1314 Jakub II Świnka

1314–1316 vacant

1316–1317 Borzysław I

1317–1341 Janisław I

1342–1374 Jarosław Bogoria

1374–1382 Janusz II Suchywilk

1382–1388 Bodzęta z Kosowic

1389–1394 Jan Kropidło

1394–1401 Dobrogost z Nowego Dworu

1402–1411 Mikołaj I Kurowski

1412–1422 Mikołaj II Trąba (first primate of Poland since 1418)

1423–1436 Wojciech I Jastrzębiec

1437–1448 Wincenty II Kot

1449–1453 Władysław I Oporowski

1453–1464 Jan Odrowąż from Sprowa

1464–1473 Jan III Gruszczyński

1473–1480 Jakub III Siemieński

1481–1493 Zbigniew Oleśnicki

1493–1503 Fryderyk Jagiellończyk

1503–1510 Andrzej I Boryszewski

1510–1531 Jan IV Łaski

1531–1535 Maciej I Drzewicki

1535–1537 Andrzej II Krzycki

1537–1540 Jan V Latalski

1541–1545 Piotr III Gamrat

1546–1559 Mikołaj III Dzierzgowski

1559–1562 Jerzy Przerębski

1562–1581 Jakub IV Uchański

1581–1603 Stanisław I Karnkowski

1604–1605 Jan VI Tarnowski

1606–1608 Bernard Maciejowski

1608–1615 Wojciech II Baranowski

1616–1624 Wawrzyniec Gembicki.

1624–1626 Henryk II Firlej

1627–1638 Jan VII Wężyk

1638–1641 Jan VIII Lipski

1641–1652 Maciej II Łubieński

1653–1658 Andrzej II Leszczyński

1659–1666 Waclaw Leszczyński

1666–1673 Mikołaj IV Prażmowski

1673–1674 Kazimierz Florian Czartoryski

1674–1677 Andrzej III Olszowski

1677–1679 vacant

1679–1685 Jan IX Stefan Wydźga

1685–1688 vacant

1688–1705 Michał Stefan Radziejowski

1706–1721 Stanisław II Szembek

1721–1723 vacant

1723–1738 Teodor Andrzej Potocki

1739–1748 Krzysztof Antoni Szembek

1749–1759 Adam Ignacy Komorowski

1759–1767 Władysław II Aleksander Łubieński

1767–1777 Gabriel Podoski

1777–1784 Antoni Kazimierz Ostrowski

1785–1794 Michał II Jerzy Poniatowski

1795–1801 Ignacy I Krasicki

1801–1806 vacant

1806–1818 Ignacy II Raczyński

1818–1821 vacant

1821–1825 Tymoteusz Paweł Gorzeński

1825–1828 vacant

1828–1829 Teofil Cyprian Wolicki

1829–1831 vacant

1831–1842 Marcin II Sulgustowski–Dunin

1842–1845 vacant

1845–1865 Leon Michał Przyłuski

1866–1886 Mieczysław Halka Ledóchowski

1886–1890 Juliusz Józef Dinder

1891–1906 Florian Stablewski

1906–1914 vacant

1914–1915 Edward Likowski

1915–1926 Edmund Dalbor

1926–1948 August Józef Hlond

1948–1981 Stefan Wyszyński

1981–1992 Józef Glemp (Primate of Poland until 18 December 2009)

1992–2010 Henryk Muszyński (Primate of Poland from 18 December 2009)

2010–2014 Józef Kowalczyk

2014–present Wojciech Polak

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Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Quito

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Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Seville

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Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Toledo

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Roman Catholic Diocese of Acerra

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Roman Catholic Diocese of Alessano

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Roman Catholic Diocese of Bagnoregio

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Roman Catholic Diocese of Belcastro

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Roman Catholic Diocese of Cuenca

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Roman Catholic Diocese of Lutsk

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Roman Catholic Diocese of Mainz

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Roman Catholic Diocese of Passau

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Pope Benedict XVI was born and baptized on Holy Saturday, 16 April 1927, at Marktl am Inn, which is located within the Diocese of Passau.

Roman Catholic Diocese of Vulturara e Montecorvino

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Roman Catholic Diocese of Włocławek

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Its cathedral episcopal see is a Minor Basilica: Bazylika Katedralna Wniebowzięcia NMP in the city of Włocławek, in Kujawsko-Pomorskie. It has two more Minor Basilicas:

Basilica of Our Lady of Licheń (Bazylika MB Bolesnej Królowej Polski), in Licheń Stary, Wielkopolskie

Bazylika Wniebowzięcia NMP, in Zduńska Wola, Łódzkie.The diocese is currently headed by the Bishop Wiesław Mering, appointed in 2003.

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