Roman Catholic Diocese of Bethlehem

Roman Catholic Diocese of Bethlehem
Diocese of Bethlehem
Dioecesis Bethlehemensis
Location
Country South Africa
Metropolitan Bloemfontein
Statistics
Area 34,965 km2 (13,500 sq mi)
Population
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2006)
77,600
946,000 (8.2%)
Information
Rite Latin Rite
Current leadership
Bishop Jan de Groef, M. Afr.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Bethlehem (Latin: Bethlehemen(sis)) is a diocese located in the city of Bethlehem in the Ecclesiastical province of Bloemfontein in South Africa.

Contents

History

  • February 12, 1948: Established as Apostolic Vicariate of Bethlehem from the Apostolic Vicariate of Kroonstad
  • January 11, 1951: Promoted as Diocese of Bethlehem

Special churches

The Cathedral is the Cathedral of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Bethlehem.

Leadership

  • Bishops of Bethlehem (Roman rite)
    • Bishop Jan de Groef, M. Afr. (since 2008.12.31)
    • Bishop Hubert Bucher (1976.12.09 - 2008.12.31)
    • Bishop Peter Kelleter, C.S.Sp. (1951.01.11 – 1975.07.05)
  • Vicars Apostolic of Bethlehem (Roman rite)
    • Bishop Peter Kelleter, C.S.Sp. (1950.03.12 – 1951.01.11)
    • Bishop Léon Klerlein, C.S.Sp. (1948.02.12 – 1950.05.22)

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