Roman Catholic Diocese of Baucau
|Diocese of Baucau
|Metropolitan||Immediately Subject to the Holy See|
|Area||6,842 km2 (2,642 sq mi)|
|(as of 2002)
|Cathedral||St. Anthony’s Cathedral|
|Bishop||Basilio do Nascimento|
Location of the Diocese of Baucau
- November 30, 1996: Established as the Diocese of Baucau from the Diocese of Díli
Bishops of Baucau (Roman rite)
- Bishop Basilio do Nascimento (March 6, 2004 – present)
- Bishop Basilio do Nascimento (Apostolic Administrator November 30, 1996 – March 6, 2004)
Bishop Basilio do Nascimento launched Radio Fini Lorosae (eastern future radio), the new radio station set up by Baucau diocese, on March 20, 2006 following a Mass held at St. Anthony Cathedral to mark the diocese's ninth anniversary. The station office is located just 100 meters from the cathedral. Baucau Vicar General Father Francisco da Silva and Father Jose Antonio, the cathedral parish priest, concelebrated the anniversary Mass.
On May 19, 2007 President, Alexander Xanana Gusmão awarded the Dom Martinho da Costa Lopes Medal to Father Mario do Carmo Lemos Belo, former vicar general of the Baucau diocese and several deceased Catholic clergy and Religious in recognition of their contributions to the liberation of the country.
In 2009 the government gave US$1.5 million to two dioceses in East Timor — Dili and Baucau, which they are to receive annually “to run social programs for people”. Poverty remains a massive problem since independence in 2002, with about half of the 1 million population unemployed and 45 per cent living on less than US$1 a day.
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