Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Yangon

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Archdiocese of Yangon

Archidioecesis Yangonensis
Yangon St Marys Cathedral 2017.jpg
Ecclesiastical provinceYangon
Area68,000 km2 (26,000 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2010)
76,283 (0.5%)
RiteLatin Rite
CathedralCathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Yangon
Current leadership
Metropolitan ArchbishopCharles Maung Bo
SuffragansDiocese of Hpa-an
Diocese of Mawlamyine
Diocese of Pathein
Diocese of Pyay
Auxiliary BishopsJohn Saw Yaw Han

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Yangon (Latin: Archidioecesis Yangonensis) is an ecclesiastical territory or diocese of the Roman Catholic Church in Myanmar. Charles Bo, SDB was appointed Archbishop of Yangon by Pope John Paul II on May 24, 2003.


The diocese was erected as the Apostolic Vicariate of Southwestern Burma by Pope Pius IX on November 27, 1866, and renamed as the Southern Burma on July 19, 1870 and later as the Apostolic Vicariate of Rangoon on May 7, 1953. It was elevated to the rank of a metropolitan archdiocese by Pope Pius XII on January 1, 1955, with the suffragan sees of Mawlamyine, Pathein, Pyay and Hpa-an which was newly erected on 24 January 2009. Pope John Paul II renamed it as the Archdiocese of Yangon on October 8, 1991.

The archdiocese's motherchurch and thus seat of its archbishop is St. Mary's Cathedral.

Incumbent Term Start Term Finish Notes
Paul Ambroise Bigandet MEP 12 August 1870 13 March 1894 Died
Alexandre Cardot MEP 19 March 1894 18 October 1925 Died
Félix-Donatien Perroy MEP 18 October 1925 10 April 1931 Died
Frédéric-Marie Provost MEP 10 April 1931 27 September 1952 Died
Victor Bazin MEP 7 May 1953 19 June 1971 Resigned
Gabriel Thohey Mahn-Gaby 19 June 1971 30 September 2002 Retired
Charles Maung Bo SDB 22 November 2003


As of 16 July 2007 there are 83 priests and 312 religious in the archdiocese.[1]


  1. ^ Vatican Information Service July 17, 2007

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Coordinates: 16°46′42″N 96°10′00″E / 16.77833°N 96.16667°E / 16.77833; 96.16667