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Archdiocese of Harare

Archidioecesis Hararensis

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Suffragan Dioceses

General Information

  • Type of Jurisdiction: Archdiocese
  • Name Changed: 25 June 1982
  • Metropolitan See
  • Rite: Latin (or Roman)
  • Country: Zimbabwe
  • Square Kilometers: 63,555 (24,548 Square Miles)
  • Mailing Address: Archbishop's House, 66 Fifth St., P.O. Box CY 330, Causeway, Harare, Zimbabwe
  • Telephone: (024)2764.403

Historical Details

Past and Present Ordinaries

Historical Summary

Mission "Sui Iuris" of Zambese
2 July 1879ErectedVicariate Apostolic of Natal Mission "Sui Iuris" of Zambese (erected)
Prefecture Apostolic of Zambese
9 March 1915ElevatedMission "Sui Iuris" of Zambese Prefecture Apostolic of Zambese
28 July 1926Territory AddedVicariate Apostolic of Nyassa (Area left of Longwa river up to 30th meridian and area left of the 30th meridian) Prefecture Apostolic of Zambese
14 July 1927Territory LostPrefecture Apostolic of Zambese (Northern Rhodesia) Prefecture Apostolic of Broken Hill (erected)
Prefecture Apostolic of Salisbury
14 July 1927Name ChangedPrefecture Apostolic of Zambese Prefecture Apostolic of Salisbury
4 January 1931Territory LostPrefecture Apostolic of Salisbury (Bubi, Bulalima-Mangwe, Bulawayo, Insiza, Matopo, Hyamandlovu, Unzinwane, Wankie, and part of Gwanda) Mission "Sui Iuris" of Bulawayo (erected)
Vicariate Apostolic of Salisbury
3 March 1931ElevatedPrefecture Apostolic of Salisbury Vicariate Apostolic of Salisbury
2 February 1953Territory LostVicariate Apostolic of Fort Victoria (Melsetter and Chipinga)
Vicariate Apostolic of Salisbury (Inyange, Matoni, and Umtali)
Prefecture Apostolic of Umtali (erected)
2 February 1953Territory LostVicariate Apostolic of Salisbury (Gwelo and Selukwe) Vicariate Apostolic of Fort Victoria
29 June 1953Territory LostVicariate Apostolic of Bulawayo (Wankie and part of Shangani)
Vicariate Apostolic of Salisbury (Sebungwe)
Prefecture Apostolic of Wankie (erected)
Archdiocese of Salisbury
1 January 1955ElevatedVicariate Apostolic of Salisbury Archdiocese of Salisbury
17 December 1973Territory LostArchdiocese of Salisbury (Mashonaland North along with Lomagundi, Urungwe, Kariba, Sipolilo, and Mount Darwin) Prefecture Apostolic of Sinoia (erected)
Archdiocese of Harare
25 June 1982Name ChangedArchdiocese of Salisbury Archdiocese of Harare


YearCatholicsTotal PopulationPercent CatholicDiocesan PriestsReligious PriestsTotal PriestsCatholics Per PriestPermanent DeaconsMale ReligiousFemale ReligiousParishesSource
Vicariate Apostolic of Salisbury
Archdiocese of Salisbury
Archdiocese of Harare

Note: Any changes in boundaries over time are not indicated in the above table.

Affiliated Bishops, Living

Affiliated Bishops, Deceased


  • Prefecture Apostolic of Zambese
    • Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 19, Page 49, and Page 50
  • Prefecture Apostolic of Salisbury
    • Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 19, Page 376, and Page 377
  • Vicariate Apostolic of Salisbury
    • Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 23, Page 376
  • Archdiocese of Salisbury
    • Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 47, Page 369, to Page 372
  • Archdiocese of Harare
    • Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 74, Page 952


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