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Diocese of Basel

Diœcesis Basileensis

Bistum Basel
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Solothurn Cathedral, the seat of the diocese
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Coat of arms
Location
Country  Switzerland
TerritoryAargau, Basel-Country, Basel-City, Berne, Jura, Lucerne, Schaffhausen, Solothurn, Thurgau, and Zug
MetropolitanImmediately Subject to the Holy See
Statistics
Area12,585 km2 (4,859 sq mi)
Population
- Total
- Catholics (including non-members)
(as of 2019)
3,390,055
1,044,013 (30.8%)
Parishes511
Information
DenominationCatholic
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteRoman Rite
Established740
(As Diocese of Basel)
7 September 1888
(As Diocese of Basel e Lugano)
8 March 1971
(As Diocese of Basel)
CathedralSt. Ursus Cathedral, Solothurn
Secular priests675
Current leadership
PopeFrancis
BishopFelix Gmür
Bishops emeritusHansjörg Vogel
Denis Theurillat
Martin Gächter
Map
Map of the modern diocese of Basel within Switzerland

Map of the modern diocese of Basel within Switzerland
Website
bistum-basel.ch

The Diocese of Basel (German: Bistum Basel; Latin: Diœcesis Basileensis) is a Catholic diocese in Switzerland.

Historically, the bishops of Basel were also secular rulers of the Prince-Bishopric of Basel (German: Fürstbistum Basel).

The bishop of Basel has not resided in the city of Basel since 1528. Solothurn is the seat of the Bishop of Basel.

Today the diocese of Basel includes the Swiss cantons of Aargau, Basel-Country, Basel-City, Berne, Jura, Lucerne, Schaffhausen, Solothurn, Thurgau, and Zug.

Basel Minster, the Cathedral of the diocese prior to the reformation
Basel Minster, the Cathedral of the diocese prior to the reformation

Ordinaries

Haller House in Solothurn, residence of the Bishop of Basel.
Haller House in Solothurn, residence of the Bishop of Basel.

For a list of bishops prior to 1583, see: List of Bishops of Basel