Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Sui Juris Churches, Appendix II: Patriarchal and Major Archiepiscopal Cathedrals of the Catholic Church

Armenian Catholic: The Cathedral of St. Elie and St. Gregory the Illuminator in Beirut, Lebanon. The order of the saints' names is not fixed, so one will occasionally find it referred to as the Cathedral of St. Gregory the Illuminator and St. Elie. Pope Pius XI paid for it to be built in 1928.

Chaldean Catholic: The Church of Mary, Mother of Sorrows in Baghdad, Iraq. It was constructed in 1898.

Coptic Catholic: The Cathedral of Our Lady of Egypt in Cairo, Egypt.

Latin Catholic: The Papal Archbasilica of the Most Holy Savior and Saints John the Baptist and the Evangelist in the Lateran, in Rome, Italy. A palace that came into possession of the popes in the fourth century, it had to be rebuilt in the ninth century and again in the fourteenth century, and it underwent a major reconstruction in the sixteenth century. The Feast of the Dedication of St. John Lateran is celebrated on November 9 in the Roman Calendar.

Maronite Catholic: The Cathedral of the Maronite Patriarchate, in Bkerké, Lebanon.

Melkite Greek Catholic: The Patriarchal Cathedral of Our Lady of the Dormition in Damascus, Syria.

Romanian Greek Catholic: The Greek-Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Blaj, Romania. It was constructed around 1756.

Syriac Catholic: The Cathedral of Our Lady of Annunciation in Beirut, Lebanon.

Syro-Malabar Catholic: St. Mary's Cathedral Basilica, in Kochi, Kerala, India.

Syro-Malankara Catholic: St. Mary's Syro-Malankara Cathedral in Trevandra, Kerala, India. It was constructed in 1965.

Ukrainian Greek Catholic: The Patriarchal Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ in Kiev, Ukraine. Construction on it was finished in 2011; before that time, the cathedral was in Lviv.

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  1. Ye Olde Statistician4:50 PM

    What about the Basilica of St. Thomas in Madras-Mylapore, Tamil-Nadu?

  2. branemrys5:49 PM

    It's not a primatial cathedral, because it's not the cathedral of the diocese of the Syro-Malabar major archbishop. It is a minor basilica, meaning that it has been officially recognized as being of extraordinary historical importance by Rome, and, of course, it is one of the most important churches in India. In this sense it's somewhat analogous to St. Peter's -- everyone recognizes the importance of St. Peter's, the most famous basilica in the world, but it's St. John Lateran, not St. Peter's, that is the papal cathedral.


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