List of Catholic dioceses in China

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The Latin Catholic Latin Church in China comprises

  • 21 Roman Catholic ecclesiastical provinces (including one for Taiwan), consisting of 21 Metropolitan archdioceses, 86 suffragan dioceses
  • 30 exempt (i.e. immediately subject to the Holy See) jurisdictions : many (pre-diocesan) apostolic prefectures and the diocese of Macau), , all members of the .

Furthermore, the Eastern Catholic (Byzantine rite) Russian Greek Catholic Church has an exempt Apostolic exarchate for China in Harbin.

There is an Apostolic Nunciature as papal diplomatic representation (embassy-level) to China, in Taipei, national capital of Taiwan, also charged with PRC, Hongkong and Macau.

The Catholic Church recognizes the Republic of China as the sole government for all of China; nevertheless, it does not recognize all of its territorial claims. The term “China” has to be understood as including Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan in its 1949 provincial boundaries and Mainland China as effectively controlled by the People's Republic of China. Due to the non-recognition of the People's Republic of China, however, the authority of the Taipei-based Chinese Regional Bishops' Conference is effectively limited to the islands of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu. The dioceses of Hong Kong (suffragan of Kanton) and Macao (exempt) do not belong to that conference. The dioceses of Mainland China take part in the Beijing-based Chinese Bishops Conference, which is not recognized by the Holy See.

Current Latin provinces and dioceses in PR China incl. Hongkong[edit]

Ecclesiastical Province of Anqing[edit]

Ecclesiastical Province of Beijing[edit]

Ecclesiastical Province of Changsha[edit]

Ecclesiastical Province of Chongqing[edit]

Ecclesiastical Province of Fuzhou[edit]

Ecclesiastical Province of Guangzhou[edit]

Ecclesiastical Province of Guiyang[edit]

Ecclesiastical Province of Hangzhou[edit]

Ecclesiastical Province of Hankou[edit]

Ecclesiastical Province of Jinan[edit]

Ecclesiastical Province of Kaifeng[edit]

Ecclesiastical Province of Kunming[edit]

Ecclesiastical Province of Lanzhou[edit]

Ecclesiastical Province of Nanchang[edit]

Ecclesiastical Province of Nanjing[edit]

Ecclesiastical Province of Nanning[edit]

Ecclesiastical Province of Shenyang[edit]

Ecclesiastical Province of Suiyuan[edit]

Ecclesiastical Province of Taiyuan[edit]

Ecclesiastical Province of Xi'an[edit]

Current Latin province and dioceses in Taiwan[edit]

Ecclesiastical Province of Taipei[edit]

Current exempt jurisdictions, immediately subject to the Holy See[edit]

Pre-diocesan : Apostolic Prefectures[edit]

(all in the PRC; many Apostolic prefectures are vacant, often long-term)

Eastern Catholic : Byzantine Rite[edit]

Defunct jurisdictions[edit]

Most former jurisdictions have current successor sees (although many are vacant).

Suppressed without 'direct' successor (all in continental China) :

(Arch)Diocesan[edit]

There are no titular sees, and the Latin

  • Titular Patriarchal See of All the East was suppressed in 1370 after a single incumbent, the Archbishop of Khanbalik.

Pre-diocesan[edit]

(some had their title preserved when merged into another)

See also[edit]

Sources and external links[edit]