Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Guangzhou

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Archdiocese of Guangzhou
Archidioecesis Coamceuvensis
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Country China
Ecclesiastical province Guangzhou
Coordinates 23°7′2″N 113°15′17″E / 23.11722°N 113.25472°E / 23.11722; 113.25472Coordinates: 23°7′2″N 113°15′17″E / 23.11722°N 113.25472°E / 23.11722; 113.25472
Area 43,332 km2 (16,731 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 1949)
4,800,000 [1]
20,346 [1] (0.4%)
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Latin Rite
Cathedral Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Guangzhou
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Metropolitan Archbishop Joseph Gan Junqiu
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Guangzhou
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese 天主教廣州總教區
Simplified Chinese 天主教广州总教区
Latin name
Latin Archidioecesis Coamceuven(sis)

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Guangzhou(Canton) Latin: Coamceuven(sis), Chinese: 廣州 is an archdiocese located in the city of Guangzhou in China.


  • 1848: Established as Apostolic Vicariate of Guangdong-Guangxi from the Diocese of Macau
  • 1875: Renamed as Apostolic Vicariate of Guangdong
  • April 6, 1914: Renamed as Apostolic Vicariate of Guangzhou
  • April 11, 1946: Promoted as Metropolitan Archdiocese of Guangzhou

The Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Guangzhou, Bishop Dominic Deng Yi-ming, S.J. was imprisoned in 1958. His release in 1981 due to a necessary cancer treatment in Hong Kong and his subsequent appointment to archbishop caused the Chinese authorities respond with the appointment of Joseph Ye Yinyun. Archbishop Ye was never recognized by the Holy See, his successor Archbishop James Lin Bingliang was recognized in 1998 only after Archbishop Deng's death in 1995. Thus the rift between the underground church and the Patriotic Church came for the Archdiocese to an end. The present archbishop Joseph Gan Junqiu won papal consent even before the consent of the Chinese authorities. His ordination was delayed, because the Chinese authorities originally wanted to have two illicit bishops preside over it.


  • Archbishops of Guangzhou (Roman rite)
    • Archbishop Joseph Gan Junqiu (甘俊邱)(consecration on Dec 4, 2007, after prior papal approval)
    • Archbishop James Lin Bingliang (林秉良)(1990-2001, papal approval in 1998).
    • Archbishop Joseph Ye Yinyun (叶荫芸)(1981-1990, without papal approval)
    • Archbishop Dominic Deng Yi-ming (Tang Yee-ming), S.J. (鄧以明) (May 26, 1981 – June 27, 1995, after 1981 in exile)
    • Bishop Dominic Deng Yi-ming (Tang Yee-ming), S.J. (鄧以明) (later Archbishop) (Apostolic Administrator October 1, 1950 – May 26, 1981)
    • Archbishop Antoine-Pierre-Jean Fourquet, M.E.P. (April 11, 1946 – December 11, 1947)
  • Vicars Apostolic of Guangzhou 廣州 (Roman Rite)
  • Vicars Apostolic of Guangdong 廣東 (Roman Rite)

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