Roman Catholic Diocese of Trier

The Diocese of Trier, in English historically also known as Treves (IPA "tɾivz") from French Trèves, is a Latin Church ecclesiastical territory or diocese of the Catholic church in Germany.[1][2] When it was the archbishopric and Electorate of Trier, it was one of the most important states of the Holy Roman Empire, both as an ecclesiastical principality and as a diocese of the church. Unlike the other Rhenish dioceses—including Mainz and Cologne–Trier was the former Roman provincial capital of Augusta Treverorum. Given its status, Trier has continuously been an episcopal see since Roman times and is one of the oldest dioceses in all of Germany. The diocese was elevated to an archdiocese in the time of Charlemagne and was the metropolitan for the dioceses of Metz, Toul, and Verdun. After the victory of Napoleon Bonaparte of France, the archdiocese was lowered to a diocese and is now a suffragan in the ecclesiastical province of the Archdiocese of Cologne. The diocesan cathedral is the Cathedral of Saint Peter. The Cathedral Chapter retains the right to elect the bishop, rather than selection by papal appointment.[3]

Diocese of Trier
or Treves

Dioecesis Trevirensis

Bistum Trier
Trier Cathedral
Coat of arms
Ecclesiastical province Cologne
Area12,870 km2 (4,970 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics (including non-members)
(as of 2010)
1,504,500 (61%)
DenominationCatholic Church
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteRoman Rite
Established1st Century
CathedralCathedral of Trier
Patron saintMary, Mother of God
Saint Matthias
Current leadership
BishopStephan Ackermann
Bishop of Trier
Metropolitan ArchbishopRainer Maria Woelki
Auxiliary BishopsRobert Brahm, Jörg Michael Peters, Franz Josef Gebert
Bishops emeritusLeo Schwarz, Alfred Kleinermeilert

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