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Apostolic Vicariate of Thessaloniki

Apostolic Vicariate of Thessaloniki

Apostolicus Vicariatus Thessalonicensis

Αποστολικό Βικαριάτο Θεσσαλονίκης
Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Thessaloniki
Coat of arms of Bishop Georgios Altouvas
Ecclesiastical provinceImmediately exempt to the Holy See
Area57,550 km2 (22,220 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2010)
8,100 (0.2%)
DenominationCatholic Church
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteRoman Rite
Established18 March 1926
CathedralImmaculate Conception Cathedral, Thessaloniki
Current leadership
BishopSede Vacante

The Apostolic Vicariate of Thessaloniki (Latin: Vicariatus Apostolicus Thessalonicensis) is a Latin Church ecclesiastical territory or apostolic vicariate of the Catholic Church in northern continental Greece.

It is exempt to the Holy See and is not part of any ecclesiastical province, and remains vacant under apostolic administrators since its only proper apostolic vicar, Alessandro Guidati, was promoted Archbishop of Naxos, Andros, Tinos and Mykonos in 1929.

Its cathedra is within the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, in Thessaloniki.[1]


The vicariate was established in 1926 as Apostolic Vicariate of Thessalonica, by Pope Pius XI in the apostolic brief "In sublimi Principis",[2] from canonical territory split off from the Roman Catholic Apostolic Vicariate of Constantinople, comprising the Greek prefectures of Thessaloniki, Kavala, Xanthi, Volos, Larisa and Giannitsa. Since then, the Vicariate covers the entire territory of northern Greece, including regions of Greek Macedonia, Greek Thrace and Thessaly.

Upon the renaming of the episcopal see of Thessaloniki, the territory was renamed in 1992 as Apostolic Vicariate of Thessaloniki (Greek: Θεσσαλονίκη).


St Joseph's Church, Alexandroupoli

In 2014, it served 7,376 Catholics (0.2% of the local population) on 57,550 km2 in 4 parishes and 4 missions with 10 priests (3 diocesan, 7 religious) and 16 lay religious (9 brothers, 7 sisters).[3]

Those churches include:

Episcopal ordinaries

Apostolic Vicars of Salonica
  1. Alessandro Guidati † (30 April 1927 – 15 July 1929), Titular Bishop of Adada (1927.04.30 – 1929.07.15); later Metropolitan Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Naxos, Andros, Tinos and Mykonos (insular Greece) (1929.07.15 – retired 1947.02.22), Apostolic Administrator of Chios (insular Greece) (1939 – 1947.02.22), emeritate as Titular Archbishop of Nicopolis in Epiro (1947.02.22 – death 1952.06.25)
"Temporary" Apostolic administrators during the long see vacancy since 1929
  1. Giovanni Battista Filippucci (1929 – 1947), while Archbishop of Athens (peninsular Greece) (1927.02.24 – 1947.05.29); later Metropolitan Archbishop of Naxos–Andros–Tinos–Mykonos (insular Greece) (1947.05.29 – death 1959.11.06) and Apostolic Administrator of Chios (insular Greece) (1947.05.29 – 1959.11.06)
  2. Marco Sigala (1947 – 1950), while Archbishop of Athens (peninsular Greece) (1947.05.29 – death 1950.03.10); previously Apostolic Administrator of Santorini (insular Greece) (1946 – 1947)
  3. Georges Xenopulos, Jesuits (S.J.) (1950 – 1953), also Apostolic Administrator of Crete (insular Greece) (1952 – 1974.06.27); previously Bishop of Santorini (insular Greece) (1947.02.22 – 1974.06.27) and Bishop of Syros (insular Greece) (1947.02.22 – 1974.06.27)
  4. Marius Macrionitis, S.J. (1952 – death 1959.04.08), also Archbishop of Athens (peninsular Greece) (1953.03.11 – death 1959.04.08)
  5. Venedictos Printesis (1959.05.15 – 1962), while Archbishop of Athens (peninsular Greece) (1959.05.15 – retired 1972.11.17), died 2008
  6. Father Dimítrios Roussos, S.J. 1969 – 1992), no other prelature
  7. Antónios Varthalítis, Assumptionists (A.A.) (1992 – 2003.03.22), while Metropolitan Archbishop of Corfu–Zakynthos–Kefalonia (insular Greece) (1962.05.30 – retired 2003.03.22), died 2007
  8. Yannis Spiteris, Capuchin Franciscans (O.F.M. Cap.) (2003.03.22 – 2020.09.14), while Metropolitan Archbishop of Corfu–Zakynthos–Kefalonia (insular Greece) (2003.03.22 – 2020.09.14).[4]
  9. Giorgios Altouvas (2020.09.14 – ...), while Metropolitan Archbishop of Corfu–Zakynthos–Kefalonia (insular Greece) (2020.09.14 – ...)


  1. ^ "Apostolic Vicariate of Thessalonica: Churches and Chapels". Archived from the original on 2019-02-28. Retrieved 2017-07-13.
  2. ^ Acta Apostolicae Sedis 18 (1926)
  3. ^ Apostolic Vicariate of Thessalonica from, retrieved 19 January 2021
  4. ^ Apostolic Vicariate of Thessalonica: Apostolic Administrator

40°38′15″N 22°56′18″E / 40.6374°N 22.9384°E / 40.6374; 22.9384

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