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]]The Roman Catholic Diocese of Kotor ( ; Croatian, Montenegrin and Serbian: Kotorska biskupija) is a diocese of the Latin Rite of the Roman Catholic Church in the Bay of Kotormarker in Montenegromarker. It is centered in the city of Kotormarker (Cattaro). It was erected as a diocese in the 10th century.

The diocese's cathedral is the Cathedral of Saint Tryphon in Kotor. Ilija Janjić currently serves as bishop in the diocese.

10,000 of the 50,000 people of the territory of the diocese (or 20% of the total) are Catholic, according to the Church's estimation.


The first documented bishop of Cattaro was Paulus, who participated in the Council of Chalcedon in 451. The next mention of the Diocese of Cattaro was 530, when it is mentioned as a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Salona (Solun). The late Antiquity era, relatively the early Christian origin of the bishopric of Cattaro, is testified by an early Christian baptistery from the late V century or early VI century, discovered in an archeological examination of the Church of Saint Maria of Rijeka (Crkva sv. Marije od Rijeke) following the 1979 earthquake where the probable foundations of the first cathedral in Cattaro was discovered with remains, such as the cathedra and ciborium from the VI century.

John, a bishop of Cattaro, was certainly mentioned in the acts of the Second Council of Nicaea in 787. John was also mentioned in 809 in epigraphical inscriptions found in Cattaro.

Bishops of Cattaro were mentioned in Ecclesiastical Assembly of Spalatummarker in 925 and 928, during the reign of King Tomislav.

Only a fragmental list of the bishops before the XI century were preserved. Afterward, since 1090 till present-day, a complete list has existed, beginning with bishop Grimoald, of Lombard origin.

A Pontifical and Lectionary of the Bishopric is kept in Saint Petersburgmarker. This artifact testifies that Cattaro remained under the jurisdiction of the Western Church following the Great Schism of 1054. In 1025, Pope John XIX issued a papal bull in which Cattaro became a suffragan of the Diocese of Canusium (Canosa). In 1063, Pope Alexander II issued a papal bull in which Cattaro is also mentioned as a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Barium (Bari) (previously known as Diocese of Canusium). In 1067, the diocese became subjected to the Archdiocese of Dioclea-Antivari. Then, in 1078, the diocese became subjected to the Archdiocese of Ragusa (Dubrovnik), only to be returned under the control of Antivari in 1089.

In 1120, the diocese of Cattaro was returned under the control of Dubrovnik. From 1172 and 1828, the diocese was under the control of the Archdiocese of Barium. From 1828 to 1932, the diocese became a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Zadar. From 1932 to 1969, it became directly subjected to the Holy See. However, from 1969, the diocese of Cattaro has been a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Spalatum (Split).

Between the XIII and XIV centuries, the borders of the diocese reached the Danube. Under the diocesan jurisdiction were: Prizrenmarker, Janjevo, Novo Brdo, Novi Pazarmarker, Brskovo, Golubacmarker, Brvenik, Plana, Mačva, Trepča, Trgovištemarker (Târgovişte) and Belgrademarker. In the XVI century, Tripo Bisanti, Bishop of Cattaro, signed himself as the Bishop of Serbia ("Totius Serviae").

In 1880, the parishes of Spič, Šušanj and Brca, which had originally belonged to the Archdiocese of Antivari, was transferred to the Diocese of Cattaro by the decision of the Sacred Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith.

The first patron of the diocese was Saint George, who was later replaced by Saint Tryphon, whose relics were brought to Cattaro on 13 January 809. A church dedicated to Saint Tryphon was built in the early IX century by Andrea Saracenis, a citizen of Cattaro.


The Diocese of Kotor borders the village of Sutorina (Municipality of Herceg Novimarker) to the west. To the east, the diocese borders the river of Željeznica near the city of Barmarker (Antivari). The diocese encompasses the settlements of Herceg Novimarker, Kotormarker, Tivatmarker, Risan, Perast, Dobrotamarker, Prčanj, Bijela, Budvamarker and Sutomore.

The territory of the Diocese corresponds to that of the historical region Albania Veneta since 1571.


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