Vatican City, Jun 14, 2004 / 22:00 pm
Today the Holy Father erected two new dioceses in Cataluña, Spain, from the territory taken from the archdiocese of Barcelona, which has at the same time been raised to a metropolitan see.
The two new dioceses created are the see of Terrassa and that of Sant Feliu de Llobregat. The new diocese of Terrassa has about 1 million inhabitants, 12
deaneries, and 120 parishes. The diocese of Sant Feliu de Llobregat has 670,000 inhabitants and 9 deaneries and 121 parishes.
Joaquin Navarro-Valls, director of the Holy See press office, who made the announcement, said that “dividing the great archdiocese of Barcelona has been under study for several decades. In the early 1980s, in fact, the then archbishop of Barcelona, Cardinal Narciso Jubany, B.M., had taken several steps with the prospect of creating two new dioceses.”