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Archbishop of Zadar

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Zadar takes its name from its episcopal see, the city of Zadar, in Croatia. It is not part of any ecclesiastical province of Croatia but it is immediately subject to the Holy See.


Zadar (modern Croatia) has been a Roman Catholic diocese in Dalmatia since AD 381 and, since 1146, an archdiocese. Its succession of bishops numbers over eighty without noteworthy interruption. Bishop Sabinianus is mentioned in the "Register" of Gregory the Great. In one of his letters Pope John VIII names St. Donatus as patron of Jadera, Zadar's former name. Archaeologists find in Zadar many traces of ecclesiastical sculpture with German characteristics dating from the migration of the Germanic tribes. Zadar was the capital of Byzantine Dalmatia, but an example of Carolingian architecture is also found there, indicating that Zadar may once have belonged to the Franks and possibly explaining a visit of Bishop Donatus to Charlemagne in Dietenhofen.

Since Zadar belonged to Venice, the bishops of Grado had exercised patriarchal jurisdiction over it. In 1276 Patriarch Ægidius summoned Archbishop John with his suffragans to the Council of Grado where they were, however, represented by deputies. Archbishop Nicholas III of Zadar was present at the synod convened by Cardinal Guido of Santa Cecilia at Padua in 1350. Twenty constitutions were published, chiefly against the civil life of the clergy and the power of the laity as used against the clergy and church property. Worthy of high respect was Ægidius of Viterbo who governed the archdiocese for two years. In the first session of the Fifth Lateran Council he said: "Homines per sacra immutari fas est non sacra perhomines" ("Man must be changed by what is holy, not what is holy by man"). He also addressed the following words to the warlike Julius II, who sought to increase the possessions of the Church:

Archbishop Godeassi attended the Synod of Vienna in 1849. Archbishop Pietro Doimo Maupas was present at the First Vatican Council.






  • Archbishop Giuseppe Godeassi † (22 Jun 1843 Appointed - 1861 Died)
  • Archbishop Pietro Alessandro Doimo Maupas † (21 May 1862 Appointed - 1891 Died)[1]
  • Archbishop Georg Rajcevic † ( 1891 Appointed - 1899 Died)
  • Archbishop Mattia Dvornik † ( 1901 Appointed - 1910 Resigned)
  • Archbishop Vincenzo Pulisic † (16 Jun 1910 Appointed - 2 Apr 1922 Resigned)
  • Archbishop Pietro Doimo Munzani † (16 Mar 1933 Appointed - 11 Dec 1948 Resigned)[2]
  • Archbishop Mate Garkovic † (24 Dec 1960 Appointed - 26 May 1968 Died)
  • Archbishop Marijan Oblak † (20 Aug 1969 Appointed - 2 Feb 1996 Retired)
  • Archbishop Ivan Prenđa † (2 Feb 1996 Succeeded - 25 Jan 2010 Died)
  • Archbishop Želimir Puljić (15 Mar 2010 Appointed)[3]


External links

  • Zadarska nadbiskupija (Croatian)

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