Roman Catholicism in Montenegro

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The Catholic Church in Montenegro is a part of the worldwide Catholic Church, under the spiritual leadership of the Pope in Rome. There are 21,299 Catholics in Montenegro, and they form three and a half percent of the population. Most Roman Catholics are ethnic Albanians and Croats as well as some Montenegrins.

The Apostolic Nuncio to Montenegro and to Bosnia and Herzegovina is Archbishop Luigi Pezzuto.


Latin Rite Catholics

Within Montenegro the Latin Rite Catholic hierarchy consists of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Bar. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Kotor is geographically located in Montenegro, but it is administratively part of the church in Croatia and is subject to the Archdiocese of Split-Makarska of that country.[1] The territory of the Diocese of Kotor (Venetian: Cattaro) corresponds to the territory of Albania Veneta of the Republic of Venice, lost to Napoleon I in 1797 (Albania Veneta was mostly Catholic).

Eastern Rite Catholics

According to CNEWA Canada, Catholics of the Eastern Catholic Churches number over 20,000 persons in Serbia and Montenegro (mostly in northern Serbia).[2] In 2003 the Apostolic Exarchate of Serbia and Montenegro was created for Greek Catholics in Serbia and Montenegro, headed by Bishop Đura Džudžar (born 1954, appointed 2003). It has 21 parishes and 22,720 faithful, consisting mostly of a group of ethnic Rusyn Greek Catholics in the region of Vojvodina.[2]


According to the 2004 official demographic data, of the total 21,972 Roman Catholics in Montenegro, there are:[citation needed]

According to statistics published by the Archdiocese of Bar in 2006, there are a total of 12,165 Catholics under its jurisdiction, in the following settlements:

See also


  1. Diocese of Kotor: History (Serbo-Croatian)
  2. 2.0 2.1 CNEWA: Greek Catholic Churches in Former Yugoslavia, 13 Feb 2008

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