Apostolic Vicariate of Savannakhet

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Apostolic Vicariate of Savannakhet
Vicariatus Apostolicus Savannakhetensis
Country Laos
Metropolitan Immediately subject to the Holy See
Area 48,100 km2 (18,600 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2010)
13,565 (1%)
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Latin Rite
Cathedral Cathedral of St Louis in Thakhek
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Apostolic Vicar Jean Marie Vianney Prida Inthirath
Emeritus Bishops Pierre-Antonio-Jean Bach Vicar Apostolic Emeritus (1971-1975)
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Vicariate Apostolic of Savannakhet (Latin: Vicariatus Apostolicus Savannakhetensis) is a subdivision of the Roman Catholic Church in Laos. Covering an area of 48,100 km² of central Laos, the Vicariate is the largest of the apostolic vicariates in Laos. 12,500 of 2.7 million citizen in the area are member of the Catholic Church.

The vicariate covers the provinces of Savannakhet, Khammouan and part of Bolikhamxai. It is subdivided into 54 parishes. It has only 6 priests.


The Prefecture Apostolic of Thakhek was established on 21 December 1950, when the Vicariate Apostolic of Laos was split into two parts. The western part in Thailand became the Vicariate Apostolic of Thare, while the Laotian part became a new prefecture. On 24 February 1958 it was elevated to an Vicariat Apostolic. In 1963 the name was changed to Savannakhet, even though its center stayed at Thakhek, Khammouan province. 1967 the southern part of the vicariate became the Vicariate Apostolic of Paksé.


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