Roman Catholic Diocese of the Arctic Pole
Dioecesis Polus Articus
|Territory||Greenland and many surrounding islands|
|Metropolitan||Immediately Subject to the Holy See|
|Area||2,166,086 km2 (836,330 sq mi)|
(as of 2014)|
|Established||10 December 1974|
|Bishop||Erik Jonas Andersen|
The Roman Catholic Diocese of the Arctic Pole (Latin: Dioecesis Polus Articus, Danish: Bispedømmet Nordpolen) is a Latin diocese of the Roman Catholic Church that covers Greenland and several other nearby islands. The current bishop is Erik Jonas Andersen.
Originally established in 1855 as an apostolic province which covered all territories north of the Arctic Circle, in 1868 it was merged with the apostolic province for Norway. Greenland then remained under the jurisdiction of the Copenhagen diocese for decades, before Greenland's independence led to the recreation of the Apostolic Province of the Arctic Pole in 1926, only consisting of Greenland and its surrounding islands, and in 1974 it was promoted to a diocese.