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Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Split-Makarska

Archdiocese of Split-Makarska
Archidioecesis Spalatensis-Macarscensis
Splitsko-makarska nadbiskupija
Country  Croatia
Metropolitan Split
Area 4.088 km2 (1.578 sq mi)
- Catholics
(as of 2004)
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Roman Rite
Established 3rd century
Cathedral Cathedral of Saint Domnius, Split
Co-cathedral Co-cathedral of Saint Mark, Makarska
Current leadership
Archbishop Marin Barišić

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Split-Makarska (Croatian: Splitsko-makarska nadbiskupija; Latin: Archidioecesis Spalatensis-Macarscensis) is an archdiocese of the Latin Rite of the Roman Catholic church in Croatia. The diocese was established in the 3rd century AD and was made an archdiocese and metropolitan see in the 10th century. The modern diocese was erected in 1828, when the historical archdiocese of Salona was combined with the Diocese of Makarska. It was elevated as an archdiocese and metropolitan see in 1969, restoring the earlier status of the archdiocese of Split, as it is also known. The diocese was also known as Spalato-Macarsca.[1]

Its suffragans are the Diocese of Dubrovnik (Ragusa), Diocese of Hvar (-Brac e Vis), Diocese of Kotor (Cattaro), and the Diocese of Šibenik (Knin).


In the 6th century, there was an early medieval Archbishopric of Split that recognized the supremacy of the Patriarch of Constantinople rather than the Roman Pope.

Forty-seven bishops of Salona are known: Saint Domnius is patron saint of Archidiocese and city of Split. Hesychius III is mentioned in the twentieth book of Augustine of Hippo's De Civitate Dei; an epistle from Pope Gelasius I is addressed to Honorius; Honorius III conducted a synod in 530; Natalis at a Council in 590, unjustly deposed his archdeacon Honoratus, but Gregory the Great took the latter's part. In 639 Salona was destroyed by the Slavs.

In 647 the city of Spalato (now Split) began to arise from the ruins of Salona, and after an interregnum of eleven years its archbishops took over the territory of the archbishops of Salona. Out of the long series of its seventy-nine archbishops may be mentioned St. Rayner (d. 1180), and the unfortunate Marcus Antonius de Dominis, who was deprived of his office after having filled it for fourteen years and died an apostate at Rome in 1624; Thomas, who resigned his office voluntarily (thirteenth century), is the author of a history of the bishops of Salona and Spalato.

With the death of Archbishop Laelius Cippico (1807) began another interregnum which lasted twenty-three years. The Church in Dalmatia was reorganized in 1828, Makarsca united with Spalato, and the latter as a simple bishopric made subject to Archdiocese of Zara. Paul Miossich was appointed first bishop of the new diocese in 1830.[2]

The current archbishop is Marin Barišić.


  • Lorenzo Zanni (Zane) † (5 Jun 1452 Appointed - 28 Apr 1473 Appointed, Bishop of Treviso)
  • Pietro Riario, O.F.M. Conv. † (28 Apr 1473 Appointed - 3 Jan 1474 Died)
  • Pietro Foscari † (1 Apr 1478 Appointed - 17 Sep 1479 Resigned)
  • Bernardo Zanne † (15 Feb 1503 Appointed - 5 Jan 1524 Died)
  • Andrea Cornaro † ( 1527 Appointed - 1537 Resigned)
  • Marco Cornaro (Corner) † (11 Aug 1537 Appointed - 1566 Resigned)
  • Alvise Michiel † (19 Jul 1566 Appointed - 1582 Died)
  • Giovanni Domenico Marcot (Malcoto detto Foconio), O.P. † ( 1582 Succeeded - 2 Aug 1602 Died)
  • Marc’Antonio de Dominis † (15 Nov 1602 Appointed - 1616 Resigned)
  • Sfortia Ponzoni † (22 Aug 1616 Appointed - 1641 Died)
  • Leonardus Bondumerius † (15 Apr 1641 Appointed - 1668 Resigned)
  • Bonifatius Albani, C.R.S. † (30 Jan 1668 Appointed - 18 Feb 1678 Died)
  • Stephanus Cosimi, C.R.S. † (5 Sep 1678 Appointed - 10 May 1707 Died)
  • Stefano Cupilli, C.R.S. † (12 Mar 1708 Appointed - 11 Dec 1719 Died)
  • Joannes Bapt. Laghi, C.R.S. † (15 Apr 1720 Appointed - 11 Feb 1730 Died)
  • Antonius Kacich † (18 Dec 1730 Appointed - 7 Oct 1745 Died)
  • Pacificus Bizza † (17 Jan 1746 Appointed - 13 May 1756 Died)
  • Nicolaus Dinaricio † (3 Jan 1757 Appointed - Jun 1764 Died)
  • Joannes Lucas Garagnin † (5 Jun 1765 Appointed - 20 Oct 1780 Died)
  • Paolo Miossich † (15 Mar 1830 Confirmed - 10 Oct 1837 Died)
  • Giuseppe Godeassi † (27 Apr 1840 Confirmed - 22 Jun 1843 Confirmed, Archbishop of Zadar (Zara))
  • Aloysius Luigi Pini † (17 Jun 1844 Confirmed - 11 Jan 1865 Died)
  • Marcus Calogera † (29 Oct 1866 Appointed - 1888 Died)
  • Filippo Francesco Nakic † (30 Dec 1889 Appointed - 1910 Died)
  • Antun Djivoje † (11 Jul 1911 Appointed - 27 Feb 1917 Died)
  • Giorgio Caric † (8 Jun 1918 Appointed - 17 May 1921 Died)
  • Quirino Clemente Bonefacic † (6 Jun 1923 Appointed - 9 May 1954 Retired)
  • Frane Franić † (24 Dec 1960 Appointed - 10 Sep 1988 Retired)
  • Ante Jurić † (10 Sep 1988 Appointed - 21 Jun 2000 Retired)
  • Marin Barišić (21 Jun 2000 Appointed - )


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