Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chongqing

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Archdiocese of Chongqing
Archidioecesis Ciomchimensis
Cathedral of St Joseph in Chongqing city.
Country China
Ecclesiastical province Chongqing
Area 350,000 km2 (140,000 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 1950)
37,608 (0.3%)
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Latin Rite
Cathedral St Joseph's Cathedral
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Metropolitan Archbishop Sede Vacante

The Roman Catholic Metropolitan Archdiocese of Chongqing (Chungking) (Latin: Ciomchimen(sis), Chinese: 重慶) is a Latin Metropolitan archdiocese located in southwestern PR China, yet still depends on the missionary Roman Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.

Its archiepiscopal see in the Cathedral of St. Joseph, in provincial-level city of Chongqing. The archdiocese has been vacant without an Apostolic administrator since 2003.

Statistics and extent[edit]

It borders on the Diocese of Suifu 敘府 (its suffragan), Diocese of Shunqing 順慶, Diocese of Wanxian 萬縣 (its suffragan), Diocese of Shinan 施南, Diocese of Yuanling 沅陵, Apostolic Prefecture of Shiqian 石阡 and Metropolitan Archdiocese of Guiyang 貴陽.

In 1950, it pastorally served 37,608 Catholic (.3%) on 135,187 Square Miles in 42 parishes with 85 diocesan priests and 120 religious (only 6 male).

Ecclesiastical province[edit]

Its Suffragan sees are :


  • Established on 2 April 1856 as Apostolic Vicariate of Eastern Szechwan, on territory split off from the Apostolic Vicariate of Szechwan (Sichuan), separating it from North-western Szechwan and its first name was South-eastern Szechwan. There were nine European and ten native priests, the mission being confided to the Society of the Foreign Missions of Paris. The Right Rev. Mgr Desflèches (1844–87), titular bishop of Sinitis, was elected first Apostolic vicar. Missionaries and Christians were subject to imperial persecutions, but after the Franco-Chinese War of 1860, they obtained entire freedom to preach. In 1860 the mission was divided into two vicariates Apostolic: Eastern and Southern Szechwan. The missionaries obtained from Chinese officials a piece of ground in the city of Chongqing (Chungking), as compensation for the losses undergone by the mission. New persecutions broke out. At Yu-yang Father Eyraud was put in jail, Fathers Mabileau and Rigaud were murdered. At Kien-Kiang Fathers Hue and Tay were killed in 1873. On 8 March 1876, the settlements of the Christians were pillaged at Kiang-pe. Father Coupat, elected coadjutor in 1882, in 1888 succeeded Bishop Desflèches, who was 'promoted' Titular Archbishop of Claudiopolis in Honoriade. In 1886 the buildings of the mission at Chongqing were pillaged and destroyed. The bishop and missionaries had to retire into the Chinese tribunal. In 1891 the Right Rev. Mgr Chouvellon, titular Bishop of Dausara, succeeded Bishop Coupat. In 1898 Fr. Fleury was captured by Yu-man-tse and held prisoner for months. [1]
  • Renamed on 3 December 1924 after its see as Apostolic Vicariate of Chongqing (Chungking).
  • Lost territory on 1929.08.02 to establish the then Apostolic Vicariate of Wanxian 萬縣, now its suffragan
  • Promoted on 11 April 1946 as Metropolitan Archdiocese of Chongqing.

Episcopal Ordinaries[edit]

(all Roman rite, so far members of a Latin missionary congregation)

Apostolic Vicars of Eastern Szechwan 四川東境
Apostolic Vicar of Chongqing 重慶
  • Louis-Gabriel-Xavier Jantzen, M.E.P. (last incumbent born in France) (February 16, 1925 – April 11, 1946 see below""), Titular Bishop of Tremithus (1926.02.16 – 1946.04.11)
Metropolitan Archbishops of Chongqing 重慶
  • Louis-Gabriel-Xavier Jantzen, M.E.P. (see above April 11, 1946 – retired October 24, 1950), emeritate as Titular Archbishop of Phasis (1950.10.24 – death 1953.08.28)
  • uncanonical, i.e. without papal mandate : Shi Ming-liang (石明良) (1963 – ?), died 1978
  • without papal mandate : Simon Liu Zong-yu (劉宗漁) (1981 – 1992.09.30), died 1992
  • Peter Luo Bei-zhan (駱北瞻) (1993 – death 2001.03.26).


Sources and external links[edit]


Coordinates: 29°33′37″N 106°33′58″E / 29.5604°N 106.5660°E / 29.5604; 106.5660