Apostolic Vicariate of Paksé
|Vicariate Apostolic of Paksé
Vicariatus Apostolicus Paksensis
|Metropolitan||Immediately subject to the Holy See|
|Area||59,210 km2 (22,860 sq mi)|
|(as of 2010)
|Established||12 June 1967|
|Cathedral||Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Pakse|
|Apostolic Vicar||Louis-Marie Ling Mangkhanekhoun|
The Apostolic Vicariate of Paksé (Latin: Vicariatus Apostolicus Paksensis) is a territorial jurisdiction of the Catholic Church in Laos. As an apostolic vicariate, it is a pre-diocesan jurisdiction, entitled to a titular bishop. It is located in southern Laos.
It is exempt, i.e., not part of any ecclesiastical province and directly dependent on the Holy See and its missionary Roman Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.
Bishop Louis-Marie Ling Mangkhanekhoun has served as the Apostolic Vicar since 2000.
The vicariate was established in 1967, when it was split off from the Vicariate Apostolic of Savannakhet. Covering an area of 45,000 km² of southern Laos, the Vicariate is the smallest of the apostolic vicariates in Laos. As of 2016, only about 15,000 of approximately 1.3 million people living in the area are members of the Catholic Church, half of them belonging to ethnic minorities.
The vicariate covers the provinces of Champasak, Salavan, Xekong and Attapu, but most of the Catholics live in Champasak and Saravan. It is subdivided into 46 parishes served by only 7 priests. There are also 19 sisters from the Soeurs de la Charite (Sisters of Charity) and the Filles Marie de la Croix (Daughters of Mary of the Cross).
- Louis-Marie Ling Mangkhanekhoun (since 30 October 2000)
- Thomas Khamphan (10 July 1975 - 30 October 2000)
- Jean-Pierre Urkia, M.E.P. (12 June 1967 - 10 July 1975)
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