Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kunming

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Archdiocese of Kunming
Archidioecesis Coenmimensis
天主教昆明总教区
Location
Country  China
Ecclesiastical province Kunming
Statistics
Area 150,000 km2 (58,000 sq mi)
Population
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 1950)
8,000,000
10,025 (0.1%)
Information
Rite Latin Rite
Cathedral Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Kunming
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Metropolitan Archbishop Sede Vacante

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kunming (Latin: Coenmimen(sis), Chinese: 昆明) is an archdiocese located in the city of Kunming in China.

The Archdiocese has not had a legitimate, Vatican-appointed Archbishop since 1952, when French Archbishop Alexandre Derouineau was expelled from China in the aftermath of the Chinese Communist Revolution.[1]

The government of the People's Republic of China installed Father Kong Lingzhong as Archbishop in 1962 and Father Joseph Ma Yinglin as Archbishop in 2006.[1] Neither government appointment is considered legitimate by the Vatican since they were not appointed by the papacy.[1]

In 2000, the Vatican appointed Lawrence Zhang Wen-Chang as Apostolic Administrator of Kunming. He served until his death in 2012.[1]

History[edit]

  • 1687: Established as Apostolic Vicariate of Guangdong-Guangxi-Yunnan from the Apostolic Vicariate of Fujian
  • 1696: Renamed as Apostolic Vicariate of Yunnan
  • 1715: Suppressed to the Apostolic Vicariate of Szechwan
  • August 28, 1840: Restored as Apostolic Vicariate of Yunnan from the Apostolic Vicariate of Szechwan
  • December 8, 1924: Renamed as Apostolic Vicariate of Yunnanfu
  • April 11, 1946: Promoted as Metropolitan Archdiocese of Kunming

Leadership[edit]

Suffragan dioceses[edit]

Sources[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "'Underground' administrator dies". Union of Catholic Asian News. 2012-02-07. Retrieved 2012-03-02. 

Coordinates: 25°04′00″N 102°40′59″E / 25.0667°N 102.6830°E / 25.0667; 102.6830