Roman Catholicism in North Korea

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The Roman Catholic Church in North Korea is part of the worldwide Catholic Church, under the spiritual leadership of the Pope.

It is impossible to know the exact number of Roman Catholics in North Korea, or to establish a worthy estimate. Estimates of the number of Roman Catholics range from 2,000 to 40,000. Christianity in North Korea is partly an underground movement, allegedly receiving missionaries from southern China. There is only one active Catholic church, called the “Changchung Church”, where a Liturgy of the Word is offered on Sunday in the capital city. However, the church is administered by the “North Korean Catholic Association,” created by the Communist government in June 1988 as a means of control over Catholic life. The remaining Catholic churches are inactive.


Dioceses and Archdioceses[3][4][edit]

Cathedrals in North Korea[5][edit]

  • Changchung Cathedral in Pyongyang, North Korea (Roman Catholic Diocese of Pyong-yang 평양)
  • Tokwon Abbey of St. Benedict in Tokwon 덕원, North Korea (Roman Catholic Territorial Abbacy of Tŏkwon 덕원)


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