The history of the Diocese of Dresden-Meissen

967
At the suggestion of emperor Otto Pope John XIII approves the foundation of the three dioceses of Meissen, Merseburg and Zeitz (later on Naumburg).

1150 - 1250
In the course of the colonisation of the eastern part of Germany Christianisation and the organisational extension of the diocese starts.

1539
After the death of duke George the Bearded Saxony is reformed.

1581
The last bishop of the old Diocese of Meissen, John IX of Haugwitz resigns. From now on the diocese is no more Catholic, it is administered by the electorate of Saxony. The monasteries are secularised.

1697
Frederic August I, at this time elector of Saxony turns Catholic in order to become king of Poland.

1807
On the occasion of the "Peace of Posen" a regal mandate grants Catholics in Saxony political and church equality to Lutherans.

1921
Pope Benedict XV re-erects the Diocese of Meissen on the territory of Saxony and parts of Thuringia with the bishop's seat in Bautzen. Catholic life at this time has a fresh impetus.

1980
The bishop's seat, the chapter and the diocesan administration is moved to Dresden. The formerly Catholic Court Church becomes Cathedral of the Diocese of Meissen, since then called Dresden-Meissen.

1989/90
The "Monday demonstrations" follow the prayers for peace and lead into a peaceful revolution.

2002
The graet flood leaves demages to the buildings and institutions to the value of 6.5 million Euros. However, with the help of contributions these demages can be removed quickly.



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