Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Aix

Archdiocese of Aix-Arles
Archidioecesis Aquensis in Gallia-Arelatensis
Archidiocèse d'Aix-Arles

Country France
Ecclesiastical province Marseille
Metropolitan Archdiocese of Marseille
Area 4,580 km2 (1,770 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2012)
714,000 (82.4%)
Parishes 120
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Roman Rite
Established 1st Century
Cathedral Aix Cathedral
Patron saint Saint Maximinus of Aix
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Archbishop Christophe Dufour
Metropolitan Archbishop Georges Pontier
Emeritus Bishops Claude Feidt Archbishop Emeritus (1999–2010)
Website of the Archdiocese

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Aix is an archdiocese of the Latin Rite of the Roman Catholic church, in France. The Archepiscopal see is located in the city of Aix-en-Provence. The diocese comprises the department of Bouches-du-Rhône (minus the arrondissement of Marseilles), in the Region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur. It is currently a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Marseilles and consequently the archbishop no longer wears the pallium.

Traditionally established in sub-apostolic times, the diocese (as metropolis of Narbonensis Secunda) was elevated to metropolitical status in the 5th century. After the Concordat, the Archdiocese gained the titles of Arles and Embrun (1822), becoming the Archdiocese of Aix (-Arles-Embrun). The dioceses of Fréjus and Toulon had been suppressed and parts of Toulon and Riez were attributed to Aix, but Fréjus (including Toulon -where its bishop now resides) was re- established at this time. In 2007, the name was changed again (dropping Embrun in favour of the bishop of Gap) to the Archdiocese of Aix (-Arles).

The current archbishop is Christophe Dufour.


Certain traditions make Saint Maximinus the first Bishop of Aix, one of the seventy-two Disciples and the companion of Mary Magdalen in Provence. Louis Duchesne seems to have proved that this saint, the object of a very ancient local cult, was not considered the first bishop of Aix, or connected with the life of Saint Mary Magdalen, except in recent legends, devised towards the middle of the 11th century by the monks of Vézelay. The first historically known bishop of Aix, Lazarus, occupied this see about the beginning of the 5th century. Only at the end of the 8th century Aix became an archbishopric; up to that time it was dependent upon the Bishop of Arles who enjoyed supra - provincial authority.


To 1000

1000 to 1300

  • 1019: Pons I de Châteaurenard
  • 10?–1032: Amalric II
  • 1032–ca. 1050: Peter I
  • 1050–1056: Pons II de Châteaurenard
  • 1056–1082: Rostan de Fos
  • 1082–1101: Peter II Gaufridi
  • 1101–1112: Peter III
  • 1115?–1131: Fouques
  • 1132–1157: Pons de Lubières
  • 1162–1165: Peter IV
  • 1165–1174: Hugues de Montlaur
  • 1178–1180: Bertrand de Roquevaire
  • 1180–1186: Henri
  • 1186–1212: Gui de Fos
  • 1212–1223: Bermond Cornut
  • 1123–1251: Raimond Audibert
  • 1251–1257: Philip I
  • 1257–1273: Vicedomino de Vicedominis
  • 1274–1282: Grimier Vicedominus
  • 1283–1311: Rostan de Noves

1300 to 1500

  • 1311–1312: Guillaume de Mandagot
  • 1313–1318: Robert de Mauvoisin
  • 1318–1320: Pierre des Prés (also Bishop of Riez)
  • 1321–1322: Pierre Auriol
  • 1322–1329: Jacques de Concos
  • 1329–1348: Armand de Narcès
  • 1348–1361: Arnaud de Pireto
  • 1361–1368: Jean Peissoni
  • 1368–1379: Giraud de Pousillac
  • 1379–1395: Jean d'Agout
  • 1396–1420: Thomas de Puppio
    • 1395?–1405: Jacques
  • 1420–1421: Guillaume Fillastre
  • 1422–1443: Avignon Nicolaï
  • 1443–1447: Robert Roger
  • 1447–1460: Robert Damiani
  • 1460–1484: Olivier de Pennart
  • 1484–1499: Philippe Herbert

1500 to 1800

From 1800




    Coordinates: 43°31′57″N 5°27′05″E / 43.53250°N 5.45139°E / 43.53250; 5.45139

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