Roman Catholic Diocese of Xai-Xai

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Diocese of Xai-Xai
Dioecesis Xai-Xaiensis
Country Mozambique
Metropolitan Maputo
Area 75,709 km2 (29,231 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2004)
174,229 (13.5%)
Rite Latin Rite
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Lucio Andrice Muandula
Emeritus Bishops Júlio Duarte Langa

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Xai-Xai (Latin: Xai-Xaien(sis)) is a diocese located in the city of Xai-Xai in the Ecclesiastical Province of Maputo in Mozambique.

On 31 January 2013, the incumbent Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Xai-Xai, Bishop Lucio Andrice Muandula, was appointed to serve as a Member of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant Peoples by Pope Benedict XVI.[1]

On Monday, March 30, 2015, the Rev. Fr. Alberto Vera de Aréjula was appointed Auxiliary Bishop-elect of Xai-Xai and Titular Bishop of Novabarbara by Pope Francis.[2][3]


  • 19 June 1970: Established as Diocese of João Belo from the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Lourenço Marques
  • 1 October 1976: Renamed as Diocese of Xai-Xai

Special churches[edit]

The cathedral is the Catedral São João Baptista (Cathedral of St. John the Baptist) in Xai-Xai.


  • Bishops of Xai-Xai (Roman rite)
    • Bishop Lucio Andrice Muandula (since 2004.06.24)
    • Bishop Júlio Duarte Langa (1976.05.31 – 2004.06.24)
  • Bishops of João Belo (Roman rite)

See also[edit]


Coordinates: 25°03′S 33°39′E / 25.050°S 33.650°E / -25.050; 33.650