History of the Archdiocese

In 1862, Pope Pius IX created the Diocese of Chilapa, which included what is now the Archdiocese of Acapulco. In 1958, Pope Pius XII created the Diocese of Acapulco with the Bull << Quo Aptiori >>, which was executed on January 24, 1959, with Bishop Jose del Pilar Quezada Valdés as the first Bishop of Totatiche Jalisco and Ordained Bishop of Acapulco on January 25, 1959.

Monsignor Rafael Bello Ruiz, succeeded Bishop Quezada Valdés as the second Bishop of the Diocese of Acapulco on June 29, 1976. On that same day he outlined the lines of pastoral that would follow: promotion of the laity, youth and vocational ministry, Priests and nuns.

In 1982, he named him YEAR OF PASTORAL RENEWAL, pointing out the lines of catechesis, lay people, vocations and the renewal of the parish. Moreover it opens the way for the preparation to plan the Diocesan pastoral, in a direction of communion and participation, in the light of the orientations of E.N. And Puebla, with a view to setting up an organic and joint pastoral.

On June 29, 1983, the Archdiocese of Acapulco was erected, followed by Bishop Rafael Bello Ruiz as the first Archbishop. One of the first and most significant steps was the promulgation of the first Diocesan Pastoral Plan for the five-year period 1983-1988, with the following general objective: “To promote the integral evangelization of man through an organic pastoral, permanent formation of agents and catechesis Illuminating, giving preference to the family, the young and the marginalized, for the transformation of society according to the Plan of God >>.

The first Pastoral Plan (1983-1988) was a response, on one hand, to the wishes of the Second Vatican Council, Medellín, Puebla and, on the other hand, a great need to take a more planned, organized, creative and effective pastoral ministry. 9 priorities were chosen.

The second pastoral plan (1990-1993) was a continuation of the first and sought to respond to the diocesan needs of the diocese, enlightened by the call of Pope John Paul II, to carry out a new evangelization, in its ardor, in its Methods and their expression. This plan means a great advance in the awareness and participation of priests, religious and laity in the pastoral planning. He selected 4 priorities.

The third pastoral plan (1996-2000) was illustrated by the document of Santo Domingo, where three axes were chosen: New Evangelization, human promotion and Christian culture. This plan, through diocesan pastoral assemblies, stimulated the pastoral of the whole in the parishes, the work of the social ministry and the chapels. At the beginning of the new century and the new millennium of Christianity, our new Archbishop Felipe Aguirre Franco evaluated the third pastoral plan to determine the pastoral situation of the Diocese and define the lines of action and elaborate the new diocesan pastoral plan, Illuminated by the documents “Ecclesia in America”, “Encounter with Jesus Christ to Solidarity with All” and “Novo Millennio Ineunte”. May the power of the Holy Spirit invoked by the universal Church in the Jubilee 2000 illuminate our pastoral journey.

This fourth Pastoral Plan (2002 – 2007) seeks to consolidate the whole Pastoral Care, through projects that tie the three fundamental tasks, sectoral and lay associations; As well as spaces of communion and participation: Commissions and Councils at their various levels, Pastoral Regions and Decanates.

We are now beginning an important period in the journey of our diocese, for this January 25, 2006 we inaugurated a Triennium of preparation-Celebration to the Great Jubilee for the golden wedding of our particular church.