Apostolic Prefecture of Zhaotong

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The Apostolic Prefecture of Zhaotong is an Apostolic Prefecture (Latin pre-diocesan missionary jurisdiction, not entitled to a titular bishop), of the Catholic Church with seat in the city of Zhaotong, in the southwestern Chinese province of Yunnan.

It is exempt, i.e. directly dependent o the Holy see (and notably its missionary Roman Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples), not part of any ecclesiastical province.

It is vacant since 1982, even without an apostolic administrator since 2012.


It was established on 8 April 1935 as Apostolic Prefecture of Zhaotong 昭通 (中文) / Chaotung / Chaotungen(sis) (Latin), on territory split off from the Apostolic Vicariate of Yunnanfu 雲南府).

In 2000, the Vatican appointed as the Apostolic Administrator of Zhaotong.[1] He served in that position until his death in February 2012.[1] Since then, it is without Superior.


(all Roman Rite, mostly Chinese)

Apostolic Prefects of Zhaotong 昭通

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