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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Guarda ( la, Dioecesis Aegitaniensis) is a
diocese In church governance, a diocese or bishopric is the ecclesiastical district under the jurisdiction of a bishop. History In the later organization of the Roman Empire, the increasingly subdivided provinces were administratively associated i ...
located in central eastern
Portugal Portugal (), officially the Portuguese Republic ( pt, República Portuguesa, links=no ), is a country located on the Iberian Peninsula, in southwestern Europe. It is the westernmost sovereign state in mainland Europe, being bordered to the wes ...
, a
suffraganIn the Anglican Communion, a suffragan bishop is a bishop who is subordinate to a metropolitan bishop or diocesan bishop (bishop ordinary) and so is not normally jurisdictional in their role. Suffragan bishops may be charged by a metropolitan to over ...
in the
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of the Latin
Patriarchate of Lisbon The Patriarchate of Lisbon ( la, Patriarchatus Olisiponensis) is a metropolitan archdiocese of the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church based in Lisbon, the national capital of Portugal. Its cathedral archiepiscopal see is the Patriarchal Cathedral of ...
in southern Portugal. The present episcopal seat is in Guarda Cathedral ( pt, Catedral de Nossa Senhora da Consolação) in the city of Guarda. The diocese also contains the Church of São Luís in
Pinhel Pinhel () is a municipality, former Catholic bishopric and present Latin titular see in the central subregion of Beira Interior Norte, in Portugal. The municipality population in 2011 was 9,627, in an area of 484.52 km2. The urban centre of Pi ...
, once the cathedral of the former diocese of Pinhel, absorbed into the diocese of Guarda in 1881.Catholic Hierarchy: Diocese of Pinhel
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Statistics

As per 2014, it pastorally served 253,300 Catholics (96.0% of 263,900 total) on 6,759 km² in 361 parishes and 3 missions with 140 priests (126 diocesan, 14 religious), 17 deacons, 133 lay religious (26 brothers, 107 sisters) and 5 seminarians.


History

* Possibly in 550, no later than 569, a Diocese of Egitânia (viz.), with see in present Idanha-a-Velha, was established under the Kingdom of the Suebi and maintained by the Visigothic Kingdom which absorbed it by 585. However, due to the Moorish conquest, in 715 it was suppressed, its Cathedral of Idanha-a-Velha later converted into a mosque. * In 1199 that was nominally restored as Diocese of Guarda, which claimed the apostolic succession but switched the see to Guarda where it built a new cathedral, without awarding even co-cathedral status to the old see. * On 1549.08.21 it lost territory to establish the Diocese of Portalegre * On 1881.09.30 it gained territory from the Diocese of Coimbra and gained territory from the suppressed Diocese of Pinhel.


Episcopal ordinaries

(all Roman rite) http://www.gcatholic.org/dioceses/diocese/guar3.htm GCatholic.orgWikipedia:SPS, ;''Suffragan Bishops of Guarda'' * Martinho Pais (1200 – 1225) * Vicente Hispano (1226 – 1248) * Rodrigo Fernandes (1248 – 1267) * Bishop Vasco (1267 – 1278) * João Martins (bishop), João Martins (Juan Martínez), Friars Minor (O.F.M.) (1278 – 1301), previously Bishop of Roman Catholic Diocese of Cádiz, Cádiz (Spain) (1266 – 1278.12.24) * Vasco Martins de Alvelos (1302 – death October 23, 1313), previously Bishop of Roman Catholic Diocese of Lamego, Lamego (Portugal) (1297 – 1302) * Bishop Rodrigo (1313 – 1313) * Bishop Estêvão (1314 – 1316) * Bishop Martinho (1319 – 1322) * Bishop Guterres (1322 – 1326) * Bishop Bartolomeu (1326 – 1345) * Afonso Dinis (1346 – 1347), later Bishop of Roman Catholic Diocese of Évora, Évora (Portugal) (1347.10.15 – death 1352) * Bishop Lourenço (1349 – 1356) * Estêvão Tristão (? – 1357) * Gil Cabral de Viana (? – 1360) * Vasco de Menezes (1362 – 1367) * Gonçalo Martins (1367) * Afonso Correia (1367 – 1384) * Vasco de Lamego (? – 1384) * Afonso Ferraz (? – 1396) * Gil (1397 – 1397) * Gonçalo Vasques da Cunha (1397–1426) * Luís da Guerra (1427 – 1458) * João Manuel (bishop of Guarda), João Manuel, Carmelite Order (O. Carm.) (July 9, 1459 – death 1476), previously Titular Bishop of Bishop of Tiberias, Tiberias (1442.04.18 – 1444.07.20), Bishop of Roman Catholic Diocese of Ceuta, Ceuta (Spain) (1444.07.20 – 1459.07.09) * João Manuel Ferras (March 17, 1477 – death 1478), previously Bishop of Roman Catholic Diocese of Viseu, Viseu (Portugal) (1526.11.21 – 1547.04.22) * Álvaro de Chaves (1479 – 1481 ''see below'') *''Apostolic Administrator Garcia de Menezes (1481 – death 1484), while Bishop of Roman Catholic Diocese of Évora, Évora (Portugal) (1471 – 1484) * Álvaro de Chaves (''see above'' 1484 – 1496) * Pedro Vaz Gavião (1496 – 1516) *''Apostolic Administrator ''sede plena'' Miguel da Silva (1516–1519), later Bishop of Viseu (Portugal) (1526.11.21 – 1547.04.22), created Cardinal-Priest of Ss. XII Apostoli (1542.02.06 – 1543.10.05), transferred Cardinal-Priest of S. Prassede (1543.10.05 – 1552.06.27), also Apostolic Administrator of Roman Catholic Diocese of Massa Marittima, Massa Marittima (Italy) (1549.05.20 – 1555), repeatedly transferred Cardinal-Priest of S. Marcello (1552.06.27 – 1553.11.29), Cardinal-Priest of S. Pancrazio (1553.11.29 – 1553.12.11), Cardinal-Priest of S. Maria in Trastevere (1553.12.11 – death 1556.06.05) :BIOs TO ELABORATE * Cardinal (Catholicism), Cardinal Afonso de Portugal (September 9, 1516 – February 23, 1519) * Jorge de Melo (1519–1548) * Cristóvão de Castro (1550–1552) * João de Portugal (bishop), João de Portugal (1556–1585) * Nuno de Noronha (1594–1608) * Archbishop Afonso Furtado de Mendonça (February 13, 1610 – 1616) * Francisco de Castro (1617–1630) * Lopo de Sequeira Pereira (1632 – August 4, 1636) * Dinis de Melo e Castro (1639–1639) * Father Diogo Lobo (1640–1640) * Archbishop Pedro de Lencastre (1643–1648) * Álvaro de São Boaventura (1669–1672) * Archbishop Luís da Silva Teles (1685–1691) * João de Mascarenhas (1691 – January 24, 1692) * Archbishop Rodrigo de Moura Telles (1694–1704) * António de Saldanha (1705 – June 28, 1711) * João de Mendonça (1713 – August 2, 1736) * Archbishop José Fialho, O. Cist. (January 2, 1741 – March 18, 1741) * Bernardo António de Melo Osório (1742–1774) * Jerónimo Rogado de Carvalhal e Silva (1773 – February 19, 1797) * José António Pinto de Mendonça Arrais (1797–1822) * Carlos de São José de Azevedo e Sousa (1824–1828) * Joaquim José Pacheco Sousa (1832–1857) * Manuel Martins Manso (March 18, 1858 – December 1, 1878) * Tommaso Gomes de Almeida (August 9, 1883 – January 3, 1903) * Archbishop Manuel Vieira de Matos (April 1, 1903 – October 1, 1914) * Giuseppe Alves Matoso (October 3, 1914 – February 1, 1952) * Domenico da Silva Gonçavles (February 1, 1952 – June 4, 1960) * Policarpo da Costa Vaz (高德華) (July 9, 1960 – November 17, 1979) * António dos Santos (bishop), António dos Santos (November 17, 1979 – December 1, 2005) * Manuel da Rocha Felício (December 1, 2005 - ... )


See also

* List of Catholic dioceses in Portugal * Roman Catholic Diocese of Egitânia * Roman Catholicism in Portugal


References


Sources and external links


GCatholic.org - data for all sections
Wikipedia:SPS,
Catholic Hierarchy
Wikipedia:SPS, {{DEFAULTSORT:Guarda, Roman Catholic diocese Roman Catholic dioceses in Portugal Dioceses established in the 6th century Roman Catholic Ecclesiastical Province of Lisbon, Guarda, Roman Catholic Diocese of