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Roman Catholic Church in Serbia


The Catholic Church in Serbia is part of the worldwide Catholic Church, under the spiritual leadership of the Pope and Curia in Rome. There are 410,976 Catholics in Serbia according to the 2002 census, which is roughly 5.48% of the population.[1] Roman Catholics are mostly concentrated in several municipalities in northern Vojvodina.

Organization

Within Serbia, the Latin Rite Catholic hierarchy consists of:

  • Archdiocese
    • Diocese

The Diocese of Syrmia is a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Đakovo-Osijek in Croatia. Kosovo is a disputed territory that unilaterally declared independence from Serbia in 2008; since 2000 it is under the Apostolic Administration of Prizren,[6] which also covers some Albanian-populated parts of southern Serbia.

In addition, the Apostolic Exarchate of Serbia and Montenegro was established in 2002 for Eastern Catholic Christians of the Byzantine Rite.[7]

Number of adherents

Number of Catholics in Serbia (excluding the territory of Kosovo)
census 1921[8] census 1991 census 2002
Number  % Number  % Number  %
Roman Catholics 751,429 17.16 496,226 6.4 410,976 5.48
Total country population 4,378,595 100 7,759,571 100 7,498,001 100

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