Roman Catholic Diocese of Port-Vila

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Diocese of Port-Vila
Dioecesis Portus Vilensis
Diocèse de Port-Vila
Country  Vanuatu
Ecclesiastical province Nouméa
Metropolitan Archdiocese of Nouméa
Area 11,870 km2 (4,580 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2004)
29,500 (14,4%)
Denomination Roman Catholic
Sui iuris church Latin Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established 9 February 1901 (As Prefecture Apostolic of New Hebrides)
22 March 1904 (As Vicariate Apostolic of New Hebrides)
21 June 1966 (As Diocese of Port-Vila)
Cathedral Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Port-Vila
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Jean Bosco Baremes
Metropolitan Archbishop Michel-Marie-Bernard Calvet

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Port-Vila (Latin: Dioecesis Portus Vilensis; French: Diocèse de Port-Vila) in Vanuatu is a suffragan diocese of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Nouméa. It was erected in 1901 as the Prefecture Apostolic of New Hebrides and elevated to a Vicariate Apostolic in 1904. In 1966, it was elevated as the Diocese of Port-Vila. The first Catholic mission in Vanuatu was started in 1887 at Mele on Efate, by the Marist Father Le Forestier S.M., three other Marist priests and a brother. The greatest growth of Catholic converts took place in the North, where the French influence was strong. This was especially true in Espiritu Santo and Malekula.[1]



  1. ^ "Vanuatu". Oceania Marist Province/Province Mariste d'Océanie. Retrieved 15 March 2015.

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Coordinates: 17°44′05″S 168°19′19″E / 17.73472°S 168.32194°E / -17.73472; 168.32194