Eritrean Catholic Eparchy of Barentu

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Eparchy of Barentu
Eparchia Barentuanus
Country  Eritrea
Ecclesiastical province Asmara
Area 44,986 km2 (17,369 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2008)
40,794 (5.7%)
Parishes 13
Denomination Eritrean Catholic Church
Rite Alexandrian Rite
Established 21 December 1995 (22 years ago#
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Thomas Osman, O.F.M. Cap.
Emeritus Bishops Zekarias Yohannes
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The Eritrean Catholic Eparchy of Barentu (Latin: Eparchia Barentuanus) is a Catholic eparchy located in the town of Barentu in Eritrea. It is a part of the ecclesiastical province of Asmara.


On 21 December 1995, Pope John Paul II established the Eparchy of Barentu from the Eparchy of Asmara and it became a suffragan of the Ethiopian Catholic Archeparchy of Addis Abeba.[1][2] With the establishment of the autonomous sui iuris Eritrean Catholic Church by Pope Francis in January 2015, the Eparchy of Barentu became a suffragan the Eritrean Catholic Archeparchy of Asmara.[3]


  • Luca Milesi, O.F.M. Cap. † (21 Dec 1995 - 4 Oct 2001)
  • Thomas Osman, O.F.M. Cap. (4 Oct 2001 - present)


  1. ^ "Eparchy of Barentu (Ethiopian)". Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  2. ^ "Ethiopic Diocese of Barentu". Giga Catholic. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  3. ^ "Erezione della Chiesa Metropolitana sui iuris eritrea e nomina del primo Metropolita". Holy See Press Office. January 19, 2015. Retrieved January 19, 2015. 

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