Roman Catholic Diocese of Karaganda

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Diocese of Karaganda
Dioecesis Karagandansis
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Country Kazakhstan
Ecclesiastical province Maria Santissima in Astana
Metropolitan Maria Santissima in Astana
Area 711,300 km2 (274,600 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2013)
31,300 (0.9%)
Parishes Karaganda: St. Joseph Parish
Karaganda: Maria Mother of the Church Parish
Abaj: Annunciation of the Lord Parish
Temirtau: St. Andrew Parish
Balkhash: St. Francis of Assisi Parish
Zhezkazgan: Transfiguration of our Lord Parish
Denomination Roman Catholic
Sui iuris church Latin Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established 13 April 1991
Cathedral Cathedral of Our Lady of Fatima, Karaganda
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Adelio Dell'Oro
Metropolitan Archbishop Tomasz Peta
Emeritus Bishops Jan Paul Lenga, Janusz Kaleta
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The Diocese of Karaganda is a Latin diocese of the Catholic Church, suffragan in the ecclesiastical province of the Metropolitan of Mary Most Holy in Astana, yet remains subject to the missionary Roman Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.

Its cathedral episcopal see is the Marian Cathedral of Our Lady of Fatima, in the city of Karaganda in Kazakhstan.[1][2] The city also had the former Cathedral of St. Joseph.


Established on 1991.04.13 as Apostolic Administration of Kazakhstan, on vast territory (most of ex-Soviet Turkestan) split off from the Diocese of Vladivostok.

Lost territories repeatedly :

Promoted on 1999.07.07 as Diocese of Karaganda, losing territory to establish Apostolic Administration of Astana, Apostolic Administration of Almaty and Apostolic Administration of Atyrau.


As per 2014, it pastorally served 8,340 Catholics (0.2% of 3,640,000 total) on 711,208 km² in 19 parishes and 2 missions with 19 priests (15 diocesan, 4 religious) and 38 lay religious (4 brothers, 34 sisters).


(all Roman Rite)

Apostolic Administrator of Kazakhstan
Suffragan Bishops of Karaganda

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Coordinates: 49°46′52″N 73°08′04″E / 49.7811°N 73.1345°E / 49.7811; 73.1345