Archd., 1; dioc.,2; abp., 3; bp., 9; parishes, 805; priests, 1,140 (844 dioc., 296 rel.); p.d., 10; sem., 137; bros., 41; srs., 801; catechists, 441; bap., 14,115; Caths., 1.644,000 (82.6%); tot. pop., 1,990,000.
Independent republic (1991) in southeastern Europe: formerly part of Yugoslavia; capital, Ljubljana. Established diplomatic relations with the Hole See in 1992. After independence, Church leaders found themselves in repeated skirmishes with Slovenia's governing coalition over religious education, restitution of Church property and the Church's proper social role.
(The above exert comes from Our Sunday Visitor's 2004 Catholic Almanac and is used on this web site with the publisher's permission.)