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Archdiocese of Köln {Cologne}

Archidioecesis Coleniensis

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  • Rainer Maria Woelki, Cardinal, Archbishop
  • Manfred Melzer, Auxiliary Bishop
  • Ansgar Puff, Auxiliary Bishop
  • Dominik Schwaderlapp, Auxiliary Bishop
  • Joachim Meisner, Cardinal, Archbishop Emeritus
  • Klaus Dick, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus

Suffragan Dioceses

General Information

  • Type of Jurisdiction: Archdiocese
  • Elevated: 8th Century
  • Metropolitan See
  • Rite: Latin (or Roman)
  • Country: Germany
  • Square Kilometers: 6,181 (2,387 Square Miles)
  • Official Web Site:
  • Mailing Address: Erzbischofliches Generalvikariat, Marzellenstrasse 32, D-50668 Koln, Bundesrepublik Deutschland
  • Telephone: (0221)16.420
  • Fax:

Historical Details

Past and Present Ordinaries

Historical Summary

Diocese of Köln
2nd CenturyErectedDiocese of Köln (erected)
344Territory LostDiocese of Köln Diocese of Tongres (Tongeren) (erected)
Archdiocese of Köln {Cologne}
8th CenturyElevatedDiocese of Köln Archdiocese of Köln {Cologne}
1 November 787Territory LostArchdiocese of Köln {Cologne} Diocese of Bremen (erected)
12 May 1559Territory LostArchdiocese of Köln {Cologne}
Diocese of Liège
Diocese of Roermond (erected)
29 November 1801Territory LostArchdiocese of Köln {Cologne}
Diocese of Liège
Diocese of Aachen (erected)
16 August 1821Territory AddedDiocese of Aachen (suppressed) Archdiocese of Köln {Cologne}
13 August 1930Territory LostArchdiocese of Köln {Cologne} Diocese of Aachen (erected)
23 February 1957Territory LostArchdiocese of Köln {Cologne}
Diocese of Münster
Archdiocese of Paderborn
Diocese of Essen (erected)


YearCatholicsTotal PopulationPercent CatholicDiocesan PriestsReligious PriestsTotal PriestsCatholics Per PriestPermanent DeaconsMale ReligiousFemale ReligiousParishesSource
Archdiocese of Köln {Cologne}

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

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Affiliated Bishops, Deceased


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