Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Munich and Freising

Roman Catholic Archdiocese Of Munich And Freising

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Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Munich and Freising

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The Archdiocese of Munich and Freising (, ) is an ecclesiastical territory or diocese of the Roman Catholic Church in Bavaria, Germany. It is led by the prelature of the Archbishop of Munich, who administers the see from the mother church in Munich, the Frauenkirche, also known as Munich Cathedral. The previous cathedral was Freising Cathedral.

The see was canonically erected in about 739 by Saint Boniface as the Diocese of Freising and later became a prince-bishopric. The diocese was dissolved in 1803 following the collapse of the Holy Roman Empire, although a titular bishop ruled until April 1, 1818, when Pope Pius VII elevated the diocese to an archdiocese with its seat at Munich.

The archdiocese is divided into forty deaneries with 758 parishes. Its suffragan bishops are the Bishop of Augsburg, the Bishop of Passau, and the Bishop of Regensburg.

The most famous archbishop was Joseph Ratzinger, who since was elected as Pope Benedict XVI.


Bishops of Freising

  • Saint Corbinian (723-730; founded the Benedictine abbey in Freising, although the diocese was not organized until 739 by Saint Boniface)
  • Erembert (739-747; Corbinian's brother)
  • Joseph of Freising, also known as Joseph of Verona (747-764)
  • Arbeo (764-783)
  • Atto (784-810)
  • Hitto (811-834)
  • Erchambert (835-854)
  • Anno (855-875)
  • Arnold (875-883)
  • Waldo (883-903)
  • Utto (903-907)
  • Dracholf (907-926)
  • Wolfram (926-937)
  • Lantbert (937-957)
  • Abraham (957-994)
  • Gottschalk (994-1006)
  • Egilbert of Moosburg (1006-1039)
  • Nitker......
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