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Roman Catholic Diocese of San Juan Bautista de las Misiones

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Country  Paraguay
Rite  Latin Rite
Area  21,703 km²
Metropolitan  Asunción
Pope  Francis
Population - Total - Catholics  (as of 2004) 201,000 198,000 (98.5%)
Bishop  Mario Melanio Medina Salinas
Ecclesiastical province  Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Asunción

The Roman Catholic Diocese of San Juan Bautista (de las Misiones) (Latin: Dioecesis Sancti Ioannis Baptistae a Missionibus) is a southern suffragan Latin Catholic diocese in the Ecclesiastical province of Asunción, which covers all of Paraguay (except the pre-diocesan missions).



  • On January 19, 1957, the Diocese of San Juan Bautista (de Las Misiones) was established on territories split off from the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Asunción and from the Diocese of Villarrica
  • Special churches

    Its cathedral episcopal see is Catedral San Juan Bautista, dedicated to John the Baptist, in the city of San Juan Bautista de las Misiones in Misiones Department

    It also has a Minor Basilica : the Marian Basílica Nuestra Señora del Pilar, dedicated to Our Lady of Pilar, in Pilar, Paraguay, Ñeembucu.


    As per 2014, it pastorally served 227,000 Catholics (98.3% of 231,000 total) on 21,700 km² in 30 parishes and 139 missions with 35 priests (19 diocesan, 16 religious), 2 deacons, 63 lay religious (18 brothers, 45 sisters) and 5 seminarians.

    Episcopal Ordinaries

    (all Roman rite natives)

    Suffragan Bishops of San Juan Bautista de las Misiones
  • Ramón Bogarín Argaña (January 19, 1957 – death September 3, 1976), also President of Episcopal Conference of Paraguay (1970 – 1973); previously Titular Bishop of Bagis (1954.12.01 – 1957.01.19) as Auxiliary Bishop of Asunción (Paraguay) (1954.12.01 – 1957.01.19)
  • Carlos Milcíades Villalba Aquino (July 25, 1978 – retired July 22, 1999), died 2016
  • Mario Melanio Medina Salinas (July 22, 1999 – retired 2017.02.16); previously Bishop of Benjamín Aceval (Paraguay) (1980.06.28 – 1997.07.08) and Coadjutor Bishop of San Juan Bautista (1997.07.08 – succession 1999.07.22)
  • Pedro Collar Noguera (2017.02.16 – ...); previously Titular Bishop of Thamugadi (2016.04.23 – 2017.02.16) as Auxiliary Bishop of Ciudad del Este (Paraguay) (2016.04.23 – 2017.02.16).
  • References

    Roman Catholic Diocese of San Juan Bautista de las Misiones Wikipedia

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