Roman Catholic Diocese of Díli

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Diocese of Díli
Dioecesis Diliensis
Diocese de Díli
Kathedrale Dili E-24.jpg
Country  Timor-Leste
Metropolitan Immediately Subject to the Holy See
Area 4,755 km2 (1,836 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2013)
561,135 (94.9%)
Rite Latin Rite
Established 4 September 1940
Cathedral Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Dili
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Virgilio do Carmo da Silva, S.D.B.
Emeritus Bishops Alberto Ricardo da Silva (2004-2015)
Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo Apostolic Administrator Emeritus (1988-2002)
Location of the Diocese of Díli
Location of the Diocese of Díli

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Díli (Latin: Dioecesis Diliensis) is a diocese located in the city of Díli in Timor-Leste.

The country’s only Major Seminary, the Seminary of SS Peter and Paul is located within the Diocese.[1]

In 1983 Bishop Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo S.D.B. took over the administration of Dili Diocese. Then the only diocese in the territory, the 700,000 Catholics were divided into 30 parishes administered by 71 priests.[2]

In 2017 the Diocese has 28 parishes with 585,958 Catholics.[3]


  • 4 September 1940: Established as the Roman Catholic Diocese of Díli from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Macau.
  • On 4 September 1990 the diocese celebrated its 50th anniversary.[4]
  • 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.[5]
  • 1 February 2010: The Roman Catholic Diocese of Dili loses territory to form the newly erected Roman Catholic Diocese of Maliana, the third Roman Catholic diocese in East Timor
  • Pope John Paul II celebrated Mass with crowds of young people of East Timor on 12 October 1989. In 2008 a chapel and statue were built and dedicated in his honour in the suburb of Tasi-Tolu, in the Diocese. These were blessed by the Apostolic Nuncio of East Timor, Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli.[6]


Bishops of Díli (Roman rite)


Coordinates: 8°33′30″S 125°34′03″E / 8.5584°S 125.5676°E / -8.5584; 125.5676