Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Yangon

Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Yangon

Infobox Diocese
country = Myanmar
name = Yangon
jurisdiction = Archdiocese
latin = Archidioecesis Yangonensis
bishop = Charles Maung Bo
auxiliary_bishops =Justin Saw Min Thide
cathedral = St. Mary's Cathedral
rite = Latin
area = 68,000
population = 15 930 000
catholics = 84 249
catholics_percent = .53

The Roman Catholic Metropolitan Archdiocese of Yangon (Latin: "Archidioecesis Yangonensis") is an ecclesiastical territory or diocese of the Roman Catholic Church in Myanmar. The current Archbishop of Yangon is His Excellency Charles Bo, SDB, having been appointed by John Paul II on May 24, 2003.

History

The diocese was erected as the Apostolic Vicariate of Southwestern Burma by Pope Pius IX on November 27, 1866, and renamed as the Southern Burma on July 19, 1870 and later as the Apostolic Vicariate of Rangoon on May 7, 1953. It was elevated to the rank of a metropolitan archdiocese by Pope Pius XII on January 1, 1955, with the suffragan sees of Mawlamyine, Pathein, and Pyay. Pope John Paul II renamed it as the Archdiocese of Yangon on October 8, 1991.

The archdiocese's motherchurch and thus seat of its archbishop is St. Mary's Cathedral.

tatistics

As of 16 July 2007 there are 83 priests and 312 religious in the archdiocese. [Vatican Information Service July 17, 2007]

Footnotes

ee also

*Roman Catholicism in Myanmar
*List of Roman Catholic dioceses in Burma

External links

* [http://www.catholic-hierarchy.org/diocese/dyang.html Catholic-Hierarchy]
* [http://www.gcatholic.com/dioceses/diocese/yang0.htm Giga-Catholic Information]


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