Roman Catholic Archbishops:

This file contains: Acapulco, Antequera, Chihuahua, Durango, Guadalajara, Hermosillo (Sonora), Jalapa, León, México, Monterrey, Morelia (Michoacán), Puebla, San Luis Potosí, Tijuana, Tlalnepantla, Tulancingo, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Yucatán.

ACAPULCO Best known as a pricey resort area, Acapulco is located in the far south, on the Pacific coast about 187 miles (300 km.) south of México City.

ANTEQUERA (Oaxaca) A city in the far south of Mexico, 230 miles (370 km.) southeast of México City, capital of the State of Oaxaca. There was an Aztec garrison here from 1486; the first Spanish settlement was named Antequera, which name the diocese and later archdiocese preserve, but when the town expanded and was chartered in the 1530's, "Oaxaca" became the common name for the community at large. It is known in Mexican history as the birthplace of Benito Juarez.

CHIHUAHUA The city of Chihuahua is in the far north of Mexico, about 110 miles (177 km.) southwest of the Rio Grande River and the US-Mexican border. It is the capital of Chihuahua state, the largest state in the nation. This region was the heartland of the Apache Indians.

DURANGO A city in north-central Mexico, about 445 miles (716 km.) northwest of México City - it was in earlier times the gateway to the largely unpopulated wild north, and it's ecclesiastic authorities were responsible for most of northern Mexico, including what would become the southwestern United States.

GUADALAJARA A large city in west-central Mexico, about 290 miles (466 km.) west of México City.

HERMOSILLO (Sonora) In the far northwest of Mexico, the capital of Sonora state, which is wedged between the Gulf of California to the southwest, and the US state of Arizona to the north.

JALAPA (Xalapa) A city in central Mexico, near the Gulf of Mexico, 56 miles (90 km.) northwest of the port of Veracruz. Bishopric of Veracruz-Jalapa 1863, Archbishopric 1951, name changed to Jalapa 1962.

LEÓN A city in central Mexico, some 193 miles (310 km.) northwest of México City.

MÉXICO One of the oldest continuously-occupied urban sites in the Western Hemisphere, and the current capital of the Mexican state.

MONTERREY (Linares o Nueva León) A city in northeastern Mexico, about 85 miles (136 km.) from the Rio Grande River. Diocese of Linares o Nueva León 1777, Archdiocese 1891, name changed to Monterrey 1922.

MORELIA Morelia is the capital and chief city of Michoacán State, and is located about 138 miles (222 km.) west of México City.

PUEBLA (Puebla de los Angeles) A large city in southern Mexico, about 65 miles east of México City. It is noted as the site of an important battle between imperialist and republican forces, ending in a republican victory on 5 may 1862 - the anniversary has been in enshrined in the Mexican holiday calendar (and in recent times, elsewhere) as Cinco de Mayo.

SAN LUIS POTOSÍ A city in central Mexico, capital of the state of the same name, located some 220 miles (354 km.) north-northwest of México City.

TIJUANA In the extreme northwest corner of Mexico, just across the US-Mexican border from San Diego. Vicariate Apostolic of California Inferiore 1874-1957, of Tijuana 1967-1963.

TLALNEPANTLA A city in the greater metropolitan region of México City, located about 8 miles (13 km.) to the northwest of the capital.

TULANCINGO A city in south-central Mexico, about 65 miles (104 km.) northeast of México City.

TUXTLA GUTIÉRREZ Capital and largest city in Mexico's southernmost state, mountainous Chiapas.

YUCATÁN (Mérida) The Yucatán Peninsula is the landmass at the eastern end of Mexico which extends into the Caribbean and encompasses the states of Yucatán, Campeche, and Quintana Roo. The chief city is Mérida, near the northwest corner of the peninsula - it is also the capital of Yucatán state. At the time of the Spanish conquest of Mexico, this region was the heartland of the Mayan people, and the conquistadors found the area dotted with crumbling remnants of earlier Mayan city-states. Even today, the Mayans make up the majority of the population.