Romanian Greek-Catholic Church

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Romanian Greek-Catholic Church

Catedrala Blaj.jpg

Holy Trinity Cathedral, Blaj

Country Romania
Territory Romania, United States and Canada
Metropolitan Blaj
- Total

Denomination Greek Catholicism
Rite Byzantine Rite
Established 1698, formalized 1700
outlawed in 1948
allowed March 14, 1990
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Lucian Mureșan
Romanian Greek-Catholic (Uniate) Church map.svg


The Romanian Greek Catholic Church or Romanian Church United with Rome, Greek-Catholic (LatinEcclesiae Graecae Catholico RomaniaeRomanianBiserica Română Unită cu Roma, Greco-Catolică), sometimes called, in reference to its Byzantine Rite, the Romanian Byzantine Catholic Church is a sui iuris Eastern Catholic Church, in full union with the Roman Catholic Church. It has the rank of a Major Archiepiscopal Church and it uses the Byzantine liturgical rite in the Romanian language. It is part of the Major Archiepiscopal Churches of the Catholic Church that are not distinguished with a patriarchal title.

Cardinal Lucian Mureșan, Archbishop of Făgăraș and Alba Iulia, has served as the head of the Romanian Greek-Catholic Church since 1994. On December 16, 2005, as the Romanian Church United with Rome, the Greek-Catholic church was elevated to the rank of a Major Archiepiscopal Church by Pope Benedict XVI, with Lucian Mureșan becoming its first major archbishop. Mureşan was eventually created a cardinal, at the Consistory of February 18, 2012.

Besides the Archeparchy of Fǎgǎraș and Alba Iulia, there are five more Greek-Catholic eparchies in Romania (Eparchy of Oradea MareEparchy of Cluj-GherlaEparchy of LugojEparchy of Maramureș, and Eparchy of Saint Basil the Great of Bucharest),[2] as well as one eparchy overseas, the Romanian Catholic Eparchy of St George's in Canton, answering directly to the Major Archbishop and the Holy See, in the United States of America and Canada.

According to data published in the 2016 Annuario Pontificio, the Romanian Greek-Catholic Church had 504,280 members, 8 bishops, 1,225 parishes, some 835 diocesan priests and 235 seminarians of its own rite at the end of 2012. However, according to the 2011 Romanian government census, the number of its followers living in Romania was as low as 150,593, of which 124,563 are ethnic Romanians. The dispute over this figure is mentioned in the United States Department of State report on religious freedom in Romania.

In addition, there are five other Catholic dioceses in Romania, belonging to the Latin Church, whose members are more numerous.

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