Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Fortaleza
The Archdiocese of Fortaleza was born on June 6, 1854 by Pope Pius IX. built with the Apostolic Constitution Pro animarum salute from cessions of territory of the Diocese of Olinda as a diocese Ceará. The Diocese of Ceará was the Archdiocese of São Salvador da Bahia is a suffragan. On 5 December 1910, the Diocese of Ceará was the Archdiocese of Olinda is a suffragan. The Diocese of Ceará was on October 20, 1914 from parts of its territory to the founding of the Diocese of Crato. A further transfer of territory took place on November 10, 1915 establishing the bishopric of Sobral.
On November 10, 1915, the Diocese of Ceará was by Pope Benedict XV. charged with the Apostolic Constitution Catholicae Religionis Bonum to an archbishopric and renamed the Archdiocese of Fortaleza. The Archdiocese of Fortaleza was on May 7, 1938 from parts of its territory to the foundation of the diocese Limoeiro do Norte. For more territorial concessions were made on 28 January 1961 foundation of the diocese Iguatu and on 13 March 1971 establishing the dioceses Itapipoca and Quixadá.
Bishops of Ceará
- Luiz Antônio dos Santos, 1860-1881, then Archbishop of São Salvador da Bahia
- Joaquim José Vieira, 1883-1912
- Manoel da Silva Gomes, 1912-1915
Archbishops of Fortaleza
- Manoel da Silva Gomes, 1915-1941
- Antônio de Almeida Lustosa SDB, 1941-1963
- José de Medeiros Delgado, 1963-1973
- Cardinal Aloisio Lorscheider OFM, 1973-1995, then Archbishop of Aparecida
- Claudio Humes OFM, 1996-1998, then Archbishop of São Paulo
- José Antônio Aparecido Tosi Marques, since 1999