Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Libreville

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Archdiocese of Libreville

Liberopolitanus
Location
Country Gabon
Statistics
Area41,370 km2 (15,970 sq mi)
Population
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2004)
553,777
289,500 (52.3%)
Information
RiteLatin Rite
Current leadership
PopeFrancis
BishopBasile Mvé Engone

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Libreville is the Metropolitan See of the Latin Ecclesiastical province covering all Gabon.

Its cathedral episcopal see is the Cathédrale Notre Dame de l’Assomption of Libreville, the national capital, which also has a former cathedral of the same name (both dedicated to the Assumption of Mary).

History[edit]

  • Lost territory on 1969.05.29 to establish Diocese of Oyem, as its own suffragan
  • Enjoyed a papal visit from Pope John Paul II in February 1982.
  • Lost territory on 2003.03.19 to establishas its own suffragan the Diocese of Port-Gentil.

Ordinaries[edit]

(allRoman rite; so far (mostly missionary) members of Latin congregations)

Apostolic Prefects of Two Guineas and Senegambia
Apostolic Vicars of Two Guineas and Senegambia
Apostolic Vicar of Two Guineas
Apostolic Vicars of Gabon
Apostolic Vicar of Libreville
  • Jean-Jerôme Adam, C.S.Sp. (1947.07.10 – 1955.09.14 see below), Titular Bishop of Rhinocorura (1947.07.10 – 1955.09.14)
Suffragan Bishop of Libreville
  • Jean-Jerôme Adam, C.S.Sp. (see above 1955.09.14 – 1958.12.11 see below)
Metropolitan Archbishops of Libreville
  • Jean-Jerôme Adam, C.S.Sp. (see above 1958.12.11 – 1969.05.29), emeritate as Titular Archbishop of Brescello (1969.05.29 – 1976.10.27)
  • André Fernand Anguilé (1969.05.29 – retired 1998.04.03), also President of Episcopal Conference of Gabon (1970 – 1981)
  • Basile Mvé Engone, Salesians (S.D.B.) (1998.04.03 - ...), also President of Episcopal Conference of Gabon (1989 – 2005), President of Association of Episcopal Conferences of the Central Africa Region (1994 – 1997); previously Coadjutor Bishop of Oyem (Gabon) (1980.04.24 – 1982.08.23), succeeding as Bishop of Oyem (1982.08.23 – 1998.04.03)

Province[edit]

Its ecclesiastical province comprises the Metropolitan's own archbishopric and the following Suffragan bishoprics, all in Gabon :

See also[edit]

Source and External links[edit]

Coordinates: 0°24′10″N 9°26′11″E / 0.4028°N 9.4364°E / 0.4028; 9.4364