Roman Catholic Diocese of Macau

Coordinates: 22°11′37″N 113°32′31″E / 22.1936°N 113.5420°E / 22.1936; 113.5420
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Diocese of Macau

Dioecesis Macaonensis

Country China
Territory Macau
Area30 km2 (12 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2013)
29,611 (5.1%)
DenominationCatholic Church
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteRoman Rite
CathedralCathedral of the Nativity of Our Lady
Current leadership
BishopStephen Lee Bun-sang
Vicar GeneralFather Pedro Chung
Roman Catholic Diocese of Macau
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese天主教澳門教區
Simplified Chinese天主教澳门教区
Portuguese name
PortugueseDiocese de Macau

The Diocese of Macau (Portuguese: Diocese de Macau; Chinese: 天主教澳門教區) is a Latin Church ecclesiastical territory or diocese of the Catholic Church,[1] in contrast with the Diocese of Hong Kong, which is, de jure, part of the Ecclesiastical Province of Guangdong.

The territory of the Diocese of Macau encompasses Macau, a special administrative region of China. In theory, a part of Guangdong province also belongs to the diocese, but in practice, the diocese is limited to Macau.

Its cathedral is the Cathedral of the Nativity of Our Lady.

Its patron saints are Francis Xavier and Catherine of Siena, and its motto is Scientia et Virtus (Knowledge and Virtue).

Stephen Lee Bun-sang is the current bishop and the third Chinese bishop of the diocese.[2]


It was established on January 23, 1576, by the edict of Pope Gregory XIII, on vast territory split off from Roman Catholic Diocese of Malacca. It originally covered China, Japan, Vietnam and the Malay archipelago, with the exception of the Philippines. From its founding, the diocese was a suffragan diocese of the Archdiocese (soon Patriarchate) of Goa, in Portuguese India.

It gradually lost most of its territory, in and around continental China:

It was made exempt in 1975, following Portugal's loss of sovereignty over Goa, its former metropolitan.

It now only administers Macau alone, the last regions outside Macau under its administration were the parishes of Saint Joseph in Singapore (re-united with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Singapore c. 1972) and St. Peter's Church in Malacca (now as part of Roman Catholic Diocese of Malacca-Johor), which separated from the Diocese of Macau in 1981.


Bishops of Macau[edit]

The Bishop's House

from 1641 to 1668, no bishops were named due to the Portuguese Restoration War between Spain and Portugal[9]

  • Father Bento de Christo (1640–1642), administrator[9]
  • Father Francisco de S. Thomaz, named by Peter II of Portugal in 1669 but not confirmed by the Pope[9]
  • Father Giovanni Filippo de Marini (also Filippe de Marino) (1671–1677), administrator[9]

Coadjutor bishops[edit]


The diocese is divided in:


Escola do Santíssimo Rosário

The following schools are directly operated by the diocese:

Preschool through secondary school
Preschool through junior high school
Preschool and primary school

There are other Catholic schools in Macau which are operated by Catholic orders.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Macau marks 440th anniversary". Sunday Examiner. Roman Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong. 17 January 2016. Archived from the original on 16 January 2019. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  2. ^ Morgan, S. (2021), ‘Em Procissão Solene a Deus Orando, para os Batéis Viemos Caminhando’—The Long Ebb-Tide of Catholic Public Piety in the Former-Portuguese Enclave of Macao, "In 2016, the third Chinese Bishop of Macao was appointed. Stephen Lee Bun-sang is a convert to Catholicism and a native of Hong Kong."
  3. ^ "Super Cathedram Principis Apostolorum - Establishing the Catholic Mission in Vietnam September 8, 1659 [Bull] - Pope Alexander VII - 1659". Papal Encyclicals Online (in Latin). 9 September 1659.
  4. ^ History of the Church: The church in the age of absolutism and enlightenment. Northwestern University. 1981. p. 305. ISBN 9780824500108.
  5. ^ Brown, Steart J. (December 7, 2006). The Cambridge History of Christianity: Volume 7, Enlightenment, Reawakening and Revolution 1660-1815. Cambridge University Press. p. 459. ISBN 9780521816052. China was divided into three padroado dioceses with limited territory: the diocese of Beijing included the provinces of Zhili and Shandong as well as the territory of Liaodung in Manchuria; the diocese of Nanjing consisted of Anhui, Jiangsu, and Henan; and the diocese of Macao included Guangdong, Guangxi, and the island of Hainan
  6. ^ Couling, Samuel (1964). The Encyclopedia Sinica. Literature House, Ltd. pp. 589–590. ASIN B00796PBNY.
  7. ^ a b Manuel, Teixeira (1940). Bispos e governadores do Bispado de Macau (in Portuguese). p. 88. O Depois da morte de D. Leonardo, governou a Diocese o P. Manuel de Aguiar e, logo a seguir, Frei Miguel dos Santos
  8. ^ a b Cultures of Conflict Resolution in Early Modern Europe. Taylor & Francis. May 2017. p. 170. ISBN 9781134802647.
  9. ^ a b c d e f Fernandes, Abriel (1886). Macau e sua diocese: Bispos e governadores do Bispado Macau (in Portuguese). p. 7.
  10. ^ "Colégio Diocesano de São José." Education and Youth Affairs Bureau (Macau). Retrieved on April 9, 2017. "Endereço : Rua da Sé, no.19" - Chinese profile: "學校地址: 大堂街十九號"
  11. ^ "Colégio Diocesano de São José 5." Education and Youth Affairs Bureau (Macau). Retrieved on April 9, 2017. "Endereço : Rua Central de Toi San, no. 253" - Chinese profile: "學校地址: 台山中街253號"
  12. ^ "Escola São Paulo." Education and Youth Affairs Bureau (Macau). Retrieved on April 9, 2017. "Endereço : Rampa dos Cavaleiros, nos.12-14" - Chinese profile: "學校地址: 黑沙灣斜坡12-14號"
  13. ^ " Escola do Santíssimo Rosário." Education and Youth Affairs Bureau (Macau). Retrieved on April 9, 2017. "Endereço : Largo da Companhia, No. 14, Macau" Chinese profile: "學校地址: 老人院前地14號"
  14. ^ "Escola do Santíssimo Rosário to close in 2017". O Clarim. 2016-06-17. Archived from the original on 2017-04-08. Retrieved 2017-04-09.
  15. ^ "Escola Dom João Paulino." Education and Youth Affairs Bureau (Macau). Retrieved on April 9, 2017. "Endereço : Avenida de Carlos da Maia, s/n, Taipa" - Chinese profile: "學校地址: 嘉路士米耶大馬路"
  16. ^ "Escola Madalena de Canossa." Education and Youth Affairs Bureau (Macau). Retrieved on April 9, 2017. "Endereço : Rua do Comandante João Belo Fai Chi Kei, no.28" - Chinese profile: "學校地址: 筷子基俾若翰街28號"
  17. ^ "Escola de Santa Teresa do Menino Jesus." Education and Youth Affairs Bureau (Macau). Retrieved on April 9, 2017. "Endereço : Avenida Conselheiro Borja, no.592" - Chinese profile: "學校地址: 青洲大馬路592號"

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