Roman Catholic Diocese of Baucau

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Diocese of Baucau

Dioecesis Baucanus

Diocese de Baucau
Country Timor-Leste
MetropolitanImmediately Subject to the Holy See
Area6,842 km2 (2,642 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2012)
351,000 (95.9%)
RiteLatin Rite
CathedralSt. Anthony Cathedral, Baucau
Current leadership
BishopBasilio do Nascimento
Location of the Diocese of Baucau
Location of the Diocese of Baucau

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Baucau (Latin: Baucan(us)) is a diocese located in the city of Baucau in Timor-Leste.


  • November 30, 1996: Established as the Diocese of Baucau from the Diocese of Díli

When the diocese was started there were only 21 priests plus a number of nuns from several religious congregations to serve about 200,000 Catholics. In 2018 there were 150 young men from Baucau Diocese studying in seminaries.[1]


Bishops of Baucau (Roman rite)

  • Bishop Basilio do Nascimento (March 6, 2004 – present)
  • Bishop Basilio do Nascimento (Apostolic Administrator November 30, 1996 – March 6, 2004)

Current Events[edit]

Bishop Basilio do Nascimento launched Radio Fini Lorosae (eastern future radio), the new radio station set up by Baucau diocese, on March 20, 2006 following a Mass held at St. Anthony Cathedral to mark the diocese's ninth anniversary. The station office is located just 100 meters from the cathedral. Baucau Vicar General Father Francisco da Silva and Father Jose Antonio, the cathedral parish priest, concelebrated the anniversary Mass.[2]

On May 19, 2007 President, Alexander Xanana Gusmão awarded the Dom Martinho da Costa Lopes Medal to Father Mario do Carmo Lemos Belo, former vicar general of the Baucau diocese and several deceased Catholic clergy and Religious in recognition of their contributions to the liberation of the country.[3]

In 2009 the government gave US$1.5 million to two dioceses in East Timor — Dili and Baucau, which they are to receive annually “to run social programs for people”. Poverty remains a massive problem since independence in 2002, with about half of the 1 million population unemployed and 45 per cent living on less than US$1 a day.[4]

On 23 June 2016 the blessing and dedication of the new St John de Brito chapel took place in Cairui in Baucau, built with project support from Catholic Mission (Australia).[5]

The Maria Auxiliadora Medical Clinic run by the Salesians of Don Bosco in the town of Venilale, has been serving the residents of Venilale and 13 surrounding villages for many years. In 2014, the clinic cared for more than 7,300 patients focusing on the care of mothers and babies.[6]


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Coordinates: 8°27′43″S 126°27′14″E / 8.4619°S 126.4540°E / -8.4619; 126.4540