Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Mary Most Holy in Astana
Archdiocese of Maria Santissima in Astana
Archidioecesis Sanctae Mariae in Astanansis
|Ecclesiastical province||Maria Santissima in Astana|
|Area||576,400 km2 (222,500 sq mi)|
|(as of 2013)|
|Sui iuris church||Latin Church|
|Established||7 July 1999|
|Cathedral||Our Mother of Perpetual Help Cathedral|
|Metropolitan Archbishop||Tomasz Peta|
|Auxiliary Bishops||Athanasius Schneider|
Its cathedral episcopal see is the Marian Cathedral of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, in the Kazakh national capital Nur-Sultan (formerly Astana). The founding and only Apostolic administrator Tomasz Peta was appointed the first Archbishop of Mary Most Holy in Astana by John Paul II on May 17, 1999.
Pope John Paul II erected it as the Apostolic Administration of Astana on July 7, 1999, on territory split off from the then Apostolic Administration of Kazakhstan (which lost more territories and became the diocese of Karaganda and soon after, unusually, daughter diocese Astana's suffragan), and visited it in September 2001.
The same pope promoted it to the Archdiocese of Mary Most Holy in Astana on May 17, 2003.
- Roman Catholic Diocese of Karaganda (its parent diocese)
- Roman Catholic Diocese of Santissima Trinità in Almaty.
- Apostolic Administration of Atyrau (a pre-diocesan type of jurisdiction which normally remains exempt, i.e. directly dependent on the Holy See)
Ordinaries of AstanaEdit
(all Roman Rite, so far European Latin missionaries)
- Apostolic Administrator of Astana
- Metropolitan Archbishops of Astana
- Tomasz Peta (2003.05.17 – ... ), also President of Episcopal Conference of Kazakhstan (2003.05 – ... )
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