Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Bangkok

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Coordinates: 13°25′56″N 100°18′19″E / 13.4323°N 100.3054°E / 13.4323; 100.3054

Archdiocese of Bangkok
Archidioecesis Bangkokensis
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Country Thailand
Ecclesiastical province Archdiocese of Bangkok
Metropolitan Bangkok
Coordinates 13°25′56″N 100°18′19″E / 13.4323°N 100.3054°E / 13.4323; 100.3054
Area 18,831 km2 (7,271 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2012)
115,945[1] (0.9%)
Parishes 54[1]
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Roman Rite
Established December 18, 1965
Cathedral Assumption Cathedral, Bangkok
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Metropolitan Archbishop Kriengsak Kovitvanit
Emeritus Bishops Michael Michai Kitbunchu Cardinal Archbishop Emeritus (1983-2009)
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Website of the Archdiocese

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Bangkok, Thailand (Latin: Archidioecesis Bangkokensis, Thai: อัครสังฆมณฑลกรุงเทพฯ) is a Latin archdiocese in Thailand.

Its cathedral episcopal see is the Assumption Cathedral, Bangkok.


It dates back to 1662, when the Apostolic Vicariate of Siam was created [1][2][3] on territory split off from the Apostolic Vicariate of Cochin (in Vietnam).

It was renamed Apostolic Vicariate of Eastern Siam (Siam Orientale)[1][2] on 10 September 1841, having lost territory to establish the Apostolic Vicariate of Western Siam. On 1899.05.04 it lost more territory to establish the Apostolic Vicariate of Laos.

It was renamed Apostolic Vicariate of Bangkok[1][2] on 3 December 1924.

It lost more territories: on 1930.06.30 to establish Mission sui juris of Rajaburi, on 1944.05.11 to establish the Apostolic Vicariate of Chantaburi and on 1959.11.17 to establish the Apostolic Prefecture of Chieng-Mai, both now its suffragan.

On December 18, 1965, it was elevated to the rank of a Metropolitan archdiocese.[1]

On 9 February 1967 it lost territory to establish the Diocese of Nakhon Sawan, as its suffragan. It enjoyed a papal visit from Pope John Paul II in May 1984.


The archdiocese covers an area of 18,831 km², and as of 2002 it is responsible for 81,646 Catholic Christians, 0.7% of the about 12 million living in the area. It covers the administrative provinces Ayutthaya, Bangkok, Nakhon Pathom, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Samut Prakan, Samut Sakhon and Suphanburi; also the parts west of the Bang Pa Kong River of Chachoengsao and Amphoe Ban Na of Nakhon Nayok belong to the diocese.


(all Roman Rite, long missionary members of a Latin congregation)

Apostolic Vicariate[edit]

Erected in 1662[1]

Apostolic Vicars of Siam
Apostolic Vicars of Eastern Siam

Name changed September 10, 1841[1]

Apostolic Vicars of Bangkok

Name changed after its see December 3, 1924[1]

  • René-Marie-Joseph Perros, M.E.P. (see above 1924.12.03 – 1947.07.12)
  • Louis-August-Clément Chorin, M.E.P. (1947.07.10 – death 1965.04.29), Titular Bishop of Polystylus (1947.07.10 – 1965.04.29)
  • Joseph Khiamsun Nittayo (1965.04.29 – 1965.12.18 see below ), succeeding as former Coadjutor Apostolic Vicar of Bangkok (1963.09.13 – 1965.04.29), Titular Bishop of Obba (1963.09.13 – 1965.12.18)

Metropolitan Archdiocese of Bangkok[edit]

Elevated December 18, 1965[1]


Its ecclesiastical province comprises the Metropolitan's own archdiosese and these five suffragan bishoprics :

See also[edit]


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