Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Taunggyi

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Archdiocese of Taunggyi
Archidioecesis Taunggyiensis
St. Josephs Cathedral Taunggyi.jpeg
St. Joseph's Cathedral in Taunggyi
Country Myanmar
Ecclesiastical province Taunggyi
Area 26,850 km2 (10,370 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2010)
7,389 (0.5%)
Rite Latin Rite
Established 21 March 1961 (As Diocese of Taunggyi)
17 January 1998 (As Archdiocese of Taunggyi)
Cathedral St. Joseph's Cathedral in Taunggyi
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Metropolitan Archbishop Matthias U Shwe
Suffragans Diocese of Kengtung
Diocese of Loikaw
Diocese of Pekhon
Diocese of Taungngu
Auxiliary Bishops Basilio Athai

The (Roman Catholic) Archdiocese of Taunggyi (Latin: Archidioecesis Taunggyiensis) is located in the Shan State of Myanmar. The dioceses of Kengtung, Loikaw, Pekhon and Taungngu are suffragans of the archdiocese. The cathedral of the archdiocese is the St. Joseph's Cathedral in Taunggyi.

The diocese of Taunggyi was created on March 21, 1961 by splitting from the diocese of Taungoo and was a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Yangon. When the diocese was elevated to become an archdiocese and metropolitan see on January 17, 1998, Kentung (from Mandalay) and Loikaw and Taungoo (from Yangon) were assigned to the new ecclesiastical province. The diocese Pekhon was created on December 15, 2005 by splitting of the southern part of the archdiocese.

After the split the archdiocese has 7,350 Catholics out of a total population of 1.5 million. It is subdivided into 12 parishes, and has a total number of 25 priests. It covers an area of 26,850 square kilometres (10,370 sq mi).


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Coordinates: 20°46′49″N 97°02′20″E / 20.7802°N 97.0388°E / 20.7802; 97.0388