Roman Catholic Diocese of Portalegre-Castelo Branco

Diocese of Portalegre-Castelo Branco
Dioecesis Portalegrensis-Castri Albi
Diocese de Portalegre-Castelo Branco

Country Portugal
Ecclesiastical province Lisbon
Metropolitan Patriarchate of Lisbon
Area 9,150 km2 (3,530 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2004)
248,923 (99.4%)
Denomination Roman Catholic
Sui iuris church Latin Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established 2 April 1550 (As Diocese of Portalegre)
18 July 1956 (As Diocese of Portalegre-Castelo Branco)
Cathedral Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption in Portalegre
Co-cathedral Cathedral of St Michael in Cathedral of Castelo Branco
Patron saint St Augustine of Hippo
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Antonino Eugénio Fernandes Dias
Metropolitan Archbishop Manuel III
Emeritus Bishops Augusto César Alves Ferreira da Silva Bishop Emeritus (1978-2004)
Website of the Diocese

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portalegre–Castelo Branco (Latin: Dioecesis Portalegrensis–Castri Albi) has carried this name since 1956, when the historical diocese of Portalegre was renamed. It is a suffragan of the archdiocese of Lisbon.[1]


Portalegre was established as a see by Pope Julius III, in 1550, taking territory from the archdiocese of Évora and diocese of Guarda. Its first bishop was Julian d'Alva, a Spaniard, who was transferred to the diocese of Miranda in 1557. On 17 July 1560, Andiz' de Noronha succeeded to the diocese, but he was promoted to the diocese of Placencia in 1581. Frei Amador Arraes, the next bishop, was a Carmelite and the author of a celebrated book of Dialogues;[2] he resigned in 1582, and retired to the college of his order in Coimbra, where he remained till his death. Lopo Soares de Albergaria and Frei Manoel de Gouveia died before receiving the Bulls confirming their nomination.

Diego Conra, nephew of the Venerable Bartholomew of the Martyrs and Bishop of Ceuta, became bishop in 1598, and died on 9 October 1614. Among the bishops of Portalegre during the seventeenth century was Ricardo Russell, an Englishman, who took possession of the see on 17 September 1671, and was subsequently transferred to the diocese of Vizeu.

In 1881 the territory of the Diocese of Castelo Branco and Diocese of Elvas was added, when these were suppressed.

Antonio Mutinho was transferred from the diocese of Caboverde in 1909.[3]


Diocese of Portalegre

Erected: April 2, 1550

Diocese of Portalegre-Castelo Branco

Portalegre Cathedral

Name Changed: July 18, 1956


  1. Catholic Hierarchy page
  2. The Carmelite Web Site - O.Carm
  3. Catholic Encyclopedia article

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Herbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "article name needed". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton. 

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