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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Banja Luka

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Banja Luka (Croatian: Banjalučka biskupija, Lat:Dioecesis Bania Lucensisis) a diocese of the Latin Rite of the Roman Catholic Church in western Bosnia. The diocese is centred in the city of Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Erected on July 5, 1881, the diocese is a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Vrhbosna, as the Diocese of Banjaluka. In 1985, the name of the diocese was split to the current diocese of Banja Luka.

Historical Details

* Diocese of Banjaluka

o Latin Name: Banialucensis
o Erected: 5 July 1881
o Metropolitan: Archdiocese of Vrhbosna {Sarajevo}
o Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina

* Diocese of Banja Luka
31 December 1985    Name Changed    From: Diocese of Banjaluka     To: Diocese of Banja Luka

MAP OF BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA IT DEPICTS THE NATION'S DIVISIONS INTO BISHOPRICS IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH.  VRHBOSNA ARCHBISHOPRIC - RED       BANJA LUKA BISHOPRIC - GRAY       MOSTAR-DUVNO BISHOPRIC - BLUE       TREBINJE BISHOPRIC - LIGHT BLUE      THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH IN BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA IS PART OF THE WORLDWIDE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, UNDER THE SPIRITUAL LEADERSHIP OF THE POPE AND CURIA IN ROME.

Map of Bosnia and Herzegovina
It depicts the nation's divisions into bishoprics in the Catholic Church.

Vrhbosna Archbishopric - Red      
Banja Luka Bishopric - Gray      
Mostar-Duvno Bishopric - Blue      
Trebinje Bishopric - Light Blue

The original Cathedral of Saint Bonaventure in the city was built in 1887. However, an earthquake in 1969 levelled the church. Banja Luka's current cathedral was built in 1974. Currently, Bishop Franjo Komarica is head of the diocese. On Thursday, July 15, 2010, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Father Marko Semren, O.F.M., guardian of the Franciscan convent of Gorica-Livno and professor of the Franciscan Theological Institute of Sarajevo, as auxiliary bishop of Banja Luka to Bishop Komarica.

The city of Banja Luka, and much of the territory that the diocese covers contains an Orthodox Serb majority. The Bosnian War greatly affected the diocese. Virtually all of the churches in the bishopric sustained some damage, and many were destroyed. Many Croats were expelled from the region or fled, leaving only a fraction of the original Catholic population remaining. Bishop Komarica has been urging people to return, to mixed results.

Ordinaries

* Mariano Markovic, O.F.M. † (27 Mar 1884 Appointed - 20 Jun 1912 Died)
* Giuseppe Stefano Garic, O.F.M. † (14 Dec 1912 Appointed - 30 Jun 1946 Died)
* Carlo Celik † (15 Dec 1951 Appointed - 11 Aug 1958 Died)
* Alfred Pichler † (22 Jul 1959 Appointed - 15 May 1989 Retired)
* Franjo Komarica (15 May 1989 Appointed - )

Affiliated Bishops, Living

* Berislav Grgić (Priest: 29 Jun 1986 to 18 Dec 2008)
* Franjo Komarica (Priest: 29 Jun 1972; Auxiliary Bishop: 28 Oct 1985; Bishop: 15 May 1989)
* Vinko Puljic (Priest: 29 Jun 1970 to 19 Nov 1990)
* Marko Semren, O.F.M. (Auxiliary Bishop: 15 Jul 2010)

Affiliated Bishops, Deceased

* Carlo Celik † (Apostolic Administrator: 15 Dec 1951 to 11 Aug 1958)
* Giuseppe Stefano Garic, O.F.M. † (Bishop: 14 Dec 1912 to 30 Jun 1946)
* Marijan Marković, O.F.M. † (Apostolic Administrator: 27 Mar 1884 to 20 Jun 1912)
* Alfred Pichler † (Bishop: 22 Jul 1959 to 15 May 1989)

 

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