Roman Catholic Diocese of Niigata

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Coordinates: 37°55′29.18″N 139°2′19.86″E / 37.9247722°N 139.0388500°E / 37.9247722; 139.0388500

Diocese of Niigata
Dioecesis Niigataënsis
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Cathedral of Christ the King
Country Japan
Ecclesiastical province Tokyo
Metropolitan Tokyo
Area 33,517 km2 (12,941 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2004)
7,711 (0.2%)
Rite Latin Rite
Cathedral Cathedral of Christ the King in Niigata
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Tarcisio Isao Kikuchi, S.V.D.
Metropolitan Archbishop Peter Takeo Okada
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Website of the Diocese

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Niigata (Latin: Niigataën(sis), Japanese: カトリック新潟教区 ) is a diocese located in the city of Niigata in the Ecclesiastical province of Tokyo in Japan.

This diocese is well known because the apparitions of Our Lady of Akita were within its territory and Bishop John Shojiro Ito from this diocese initially approved the apparitions in 1984. Our Lady of Akita was formally approved in 1988 when Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (later Pope Benedict XVI) as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, gave definitive judgement on the Akita events and messages as reliable and worthy of belief.[1]


  • August 13, 1912: Established as Apostolic Prefecture of Niigata from the Diocese of Hakodate
  • April 16, 1962: Promoted as Diocese of Niigata


  • Bishops of Niigata (Roman rite)
    • Bishop Tarcisio Isao Kikuchi (タルチシオ菊地功), S.V.D. (since 2004.04.29)
    • Bishop Francis Keiichi Sato (フランシスコ佐藤敬一), O.F.M. (1985.03.09 – 2004.05.14)
    • Bishop Johannes Shojiro Ito (使徒ヨハネ伊藤庄治郎) (1962.04.16 – 1985.03.09)
  • Prefects Apostolic of Niigata 新潟 (Roman rite)

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