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Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Rhodes

Archdiocese of Rhodes

Archidioecesis Rhodiensis

Αρχιεπισκοπή Ρόδου
MetropolitanImmediately exempt to the Holy See
Area2,714 km2 (1,048 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2010)
2,000 (1.3%)
DenominationCatholic Church
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteRoman Rite
Established28 March 1928
CathedralCathedral of St Francis of Assisi
Current leadership
BishopSede vacante
Apostolic AdministratorTheodoros Kontidis, S.J.

The Archdiocese of Rhodes (Latin: Archidioecesis Rhodiensis) is a Latin Church ecclesiastical territory or archdiocese of the Catholic Church in Greece. The archdiocese is directly exempt to the Holy See and not part of an ecclesiastical province. It was at various times a titular see and later a metropolitan see. It has its cathedra within St. Francis of Assisi Cathedral in the eponymous capital of the island of Rhodes.

One former cathedral of "Our Lady of the Castle" was turned into a mosque during the Ottoman period and is now a museum, the other former cathedral of St. John was turned into a Greek Orthodox church.


An ancient diocese was established in Rhodes around 200 AD and promoted to Metropolitan Archdiocese around 400 AD. It continues as the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Rhodes.

A Catholic see was established on the island when it became the seat of the Knights Hospitaller in 1308 following their conquest of Rhodes. In 1523, with the fall of the island to the Ottoman Empire, it was suppressed as a residential diocese but turned into a titular see.

On March 28, 1928, it was restored as non-metropolitan, exempt Archdiocese of Rhodos on the territory of the suppressed Apostolic Prefecture of Rhodes and adjacent islands.

Episcopal ordinaries

Metropolitan Archbishops of Rhodes
  • Belijan (? – 1324.09.26), later Metropolitan Archbishop of Salona (Croatia) (1324.09.26 – 1328.01.28)
  • Ugo de Scuria, Friars Minor (O.F.M.) (1351.06.20 – 1361.12.15), later Metropolitan Archbishop of Ragusa (Croatia) (1361.12.15 – 1370.07.12), finally Archbishop-Bishop of Ostuni (Italy) (1370.07.12 – death 1374)


Titular Archbishops of Rhodes



Exempt Archbishops of Rhodes

See also



36°26′37″N 28°13′37″E / 36.4437°N 28.2270°E / 36.4437; 28.2270

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