Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Gwangju

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Archdiocese of Gwangju
Archidioecesis Kvangiuensis
광주 대교구
Country Republic of Korea
Ecclesiastical province Gwangju
Area 12,596 km2 (4,863 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2010)
329,951 (9.8%)
Rite Latin Rite
Cathedral Im-dong Cathedral, Gwangju
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Metropolitan Archbishop Hyginus Kim Hee Jong (김희중 히지노)
Suffragans Diocese of Cheju
Diocese of Jeonju
Auxiliary Bishops Simon Ok Hyun-jin (옥현진 시몬)
Emeritus Bishops Andrew Choi Chang-mu Archbishop Emeritus (2000-2010)
Victorinus Youn Kong-hi Archbishop Emeritus (1973-2000)
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Website of the Archdiocese

The Catholic Archdiocese of Gwangju (Latin: Archidioecesis Kvangiuensis) is a particular church of the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church, one of the three Metropolitan sees of the Catholic Church in Korea. The Archdiocese covers the city of Gwangju and entire Chollanamdo province.


On 13 April 1937 Pope Pius XI established the Prefecture Apostolic of Kwoszu. Pope Pius XII changed its name to the Prefecture Apostolic of Kwangju on 12 July 1950. It was elevated to a Vicariate Apostolic on 21 January 1957. Pope John XXIII elevated the vicariate to an archdiocese on 10 March 1962.[1][2]


The following is a list of the vicars and then the archbishops of Gwangju:

Auxiliary Bishops[edit]


  1. ^ "Archdiocese of Kwangju". Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved 2014-02-13. 
  2. ^ "Metropolitan Archdiocese of Gwangju 광주". Giga Catholic. Retrieved 2014-02-13. 
  3. ^ Catholic Hierarchy: "Bishop Simon Ok Hyun-jjn" retrieved November 7, 2015

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Coordinates: 35°09′00″N 126°54′00″E / 35.1500°N 126.9000°E / 35.1500; 126.9000