Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Samoa-Apia

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Archdiocese of Samoa-Apia
Archidioecesis Samoa-Apiana
Catholic church in Samoa-2.jpg
Apia Cathedral
Country Independent State of Samoa
Territory Western Samoa
Ecclesiastical province Samoa-Apia
Area 2,922 km2 (1,128 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2010)
42,500 (22.5%)
Parishes 38
Denomination Catholic Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established 20 August 1850 (163 years ago)
Cathedral Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Archbishop Alapati Lui Mataeliga
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The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Samoa-Apia (Latin: Archidioecesis Samoa-Apiana) consists of the Independent State of Samoa.


The origins of the archdiocese stem from the 20 August 1850, canonical erection by the Holy See of the Vicariate Apostolic of the Navigators' Archipelago, entrusted to the Society of Mary (Marists). On 4 January 1957, the Vatican changed the name of the Vicariate Apostolic to Samoa and the Tokelau Islands. The vicariate apostolic was elevated to the Diocese of Apia on 21 June 1966, and made suffragan to the metropolitan see of Suva, Fiji. On 10 August 1974, the name of the diocese was changed to Diocese of Apia o Samoa and Tokelau, and it was changed again on 3 December 1975 to the Diocese of Samoa and Tokelau. On 10 September 1982, the diocese was elevated to the dignity of an archdiocese taking the name of the See city, Apia. Simultaneously, the Diocese of Samoa-Pago Pago was created from a portion of the former Diocese of Samoa Tokelau and made suffragan to the metropolitan see of Apia.[1]


Monseigneur Pierre-Jean BROYER


  1. ^ "Archdiocese of Samoa-Apia". Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved 2013-05-21. 
  2. ^ Biography about Mgr Pierre-Jean Broyer in the article dedicated to his birthplace on the French Wikipedia. fr:Illiat

Further reading[edit]

  • Galuega O Le Sinoti (Acts of the Snyod [of the Archdiocese of Samoa-Apia]), December 7–14, 1990, promulgated, May 1, 1991, Feast of Saint Joseph the Worker. Apia, Samoa.