Apostolic Administration of Harbin

The Apostolic Administration of Harbin (哈爾濱 or 中文) is a pre-diocesan Latin Catholic jurisdiction in Manchuria (northeast China).

It is exempt, i.e. directly subject to the Holy See (not part of any ecclesiastical province) and its Roman Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.

Its cathedral episcopal see is the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, PR China.


It was established on 28 May 1931 as Apostolic Administration of Harbin, on territory split off from the Apostolic Vicariate of Siberia (Czarist Russian empire).[1]

Initially the Holy See only nominated Italians from the papal diplomacy, but from 2011 it has its native incumbent.

However, from 1959, an "alternative" line of the national church without papal mandate was set up by the PRC.


(all Roman Rite)

Apostolic Administrators of Harbin 哈爾濱


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Coordinates: 45°45′00″N 126°37′59″E / 45.7500°N 126.6330°E / 45.7500; 126.6330