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Archdiocese of Köln {Cologne}

Archidioecesis Coleniensis

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  • Rainer Maria Woelki, Cardinal, Archbishop
  • Ansgar Puff, Auxiliary Bishop
  • Dominik Schwaderlapp, Auxiliary Bishop
  • Rolf Steinhäuser, Auxiliary Bishop

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)1642.1261
  • Fax: 1642.1700

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}
4 July 1922Territory AddedDiocese of Münster (Part of Rennekoven) Archdiocese of Köln {Cologne}
13 August 1930Territory LostArchdiocese of Köln {Cologne} (from the North Eifel (Mechernich, Schleiden) to the Lower Rhine (Krefeld)) Diocese of Aachen (erected)
27 November 1931Territory LostArchdiocese of Köln {Cologne} (Auf dem Dümpel, Piene, Strasse, and Neuenschmiede) Archdiocese of Paderborn
27 November 1931Territory AddedArchdiocese of Paderborn (Berg, Bieber, Clemens, and Stracke) Archdiocese of Köln {Cologne}
22 April 1932Territory LostArchdiocese of Köln {Cologne} (Eiberg in Essen) Archdiocese of Paderborn
24 March 1933Territory AddedArchdiocese of Paderborn (Rönsahl) Archdiocese of Köln {Cologne}
6 June 1936Territory AddedArchdiocese of Paderborn (Gennebreck) Archdiocese of Köln {Cologne}
28 November 1937Territory AddedArchdiocese of Köln {Cologne} (Boundaries adjusted)
Diocese of Münster (Boundaries adjusted)
1 April 1939Territory AddedArchdiocese of Paderborn (Part of B. Mary Assumption into Heaven in Gelsenkirchen-Rotthausen) Archdiocese of Köln {Cologne}
23 February 1957Territory LostArchdiocese of Köln {Cologne}
Diocese of Münster
Archdiocese of Paderborn
Diocese of Essen (erected) (Bochum, Bottrop, Duisburg, Essen, Gelsenkirchen, Gladbeck, Lüdenscheid, and Mülhein (in Ruhr), Oberhausen, Wattenscheid; rural districts of Altena and Ennepe-Ruhrkreis (except Her decke and Wetter))


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.

Affiliated Bishops, Living

Affiliated Bishops, Deceased


  • Diocese of Köln
    • Series Episcoporum Ecclesiae Catholicae, Volume 1, Page 269, to Page 271
  • Archdiocese of Köln {Cologne}
    • Hierarchia Catholica, Volume 1, Page 198
    • Hierarchia Catholica, Volume 2, Page 132
    • Hierarchia Catholica, Volume 3, Page 172
    • Hierarchia Catholica, Volume 4, Page 156
    • Hierarchia Catholica, Volume 5, Page 164
    • Hierarchia Catholica, Volume 6, Page 173
    • Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 14, Page 426
    • Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 24, Page 116, and Page 117
    • Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 24, Page 404
    • Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 25, Page 247
    • Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 28, Page 403, and Page 404
    • Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 30, Page 64, and Page 65
    • Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 31, Page 306, and Page 307


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