Roman Catholic Diocese of Maliana
|Diocese of Maliana
Diocese de Maliana
|Metropolitan||Immediately Subject to the Holy See|
|Area||3,141 km2 (1,213 sq mi)|
|(as of 2006)
|Established||30 January 2010|
|Cathedral||Sacred Heart Cathedral in Maliana|
|Bishop||Norberto Do Amaral|
Location of the Diocese of Maliana
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Maliana is a Diocese of the Roman Catholic Church in East Timor. The new diocese includes the administrative region of Maliana in districts of Liquica, Bobonaro, and Cova–Lima and 16 sub–districts.
On 30 January 2010 the Vatican officially erected a third diocese in East Timor. Fr. Norberto Do Amaral is the new bishop of the newly created Diocese of Maliana. The newly delineated Diocese is formed of 10 parishes serving just over 200,000 Catholics, who represent more than 98% of the area's population. Six diocesan and 25 non-diocesan priests, along with 108 religious brothers and sisters, are assigned within the new diocese's limits. The Diocese of Dili was divided to create the new diocese.
The Diocese has 10 parishes with 10 pre-schools, 50 primary schools and 12 high schools. There are 13 diocesan priests, 26 religious men and 85 religious women. There are also 40 seminarians and 157 full-time catechists in the diocese.
With the presence of three dioceses the Church in East Timor has become an Ecclesiastical Province and formed its own bishops' conference to become a full member in the Federation of Asian Bishop's Conferences.
- Pope Benedict XVI erects new diocese in East Timor. Catholic News Agency. 30 January 2010.
- Diocese of Maliana. UCANews.
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