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|
Vicariate Apostolic of Paksé (Latin: Vicariatus Apostolicus Paksensis) is a major unit of the Roman Catholic Church in Laos. The Vicar Apostolic since 2000 is Louis-Marie Ling Mangkhanekhoun. It 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. 14,519 of 1 million citizen in the area are member of the Catholic Church, half of them are of ethnic minorities.
The vicariate covers the provinces of Champasak, Salavan, Xekong and Attapu, however the most Catholics live in Champasak and Saravan. It is subdivided into 26 parishes. It has only 3 priests, and 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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