List of Catholic dioceses in China

The Catholic Church in China comprises 152 Latin jurisdictions:

  • 21 ecclesiastical provinces (including one for Taiwan), consisting of 21 Metropolitan archdioceses and 100 suffragan dioceses
  • 29 Apostolic Prefectures
  • 1 exempt diocese, the diocese of Macau
  • 1 Apostolic Administration, the Apostolic Administration of Harbin

Furthermore, the Eastern Catholic (Byzantine rite) Russian Greek Catholic Church has an exempt Apostolic exarchate for China in Harbin.

There is an Apostolic Nunciature as papal diplomatic representation (embassy-level) to China, in Taipei, national capital of Taiwan, also charged with PRC, Hong Kong and Macau.

The Catholic Church recognizes the Republic of China as the sole government for all of China; nevertheless, it does not recognize all of its territorial claims. The term “China” has to be understood as including Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan in its 1949 provincial boundaries and Mainland China as effectively controlled by the People's Republic of China. Due to the non-recognition of the People's Republic of China, however, the authority of the Taipei-based Chinese Regional Bishops' Conference is effectively limited to the islands of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu. The dioceses of Hong Kong (suffragan of Guangzhou) and Macao (exempt) do not belong to that conference. The dioceses of Mainland China take part in the Beijing-based Chinese Bishops Conference, which is not recognized by the Holy See.

Current Latin dioceses in Greater ChinaEdit

Note that the diocese of Hong Kong belongs to the Ecclesiastical Province of Guangzhou, whereas the diocese of Macau is exempt. Also note that a small part of the diocese of Xiamen, the island of Kinmen, is administered by the Republic of China. At this moment, this part of the diocese is administered by the archdiocese of Taipei.

In all of greater China, only one non-Latin jurisdiction exists: an apostolic exarchate of the Russian Greek Catholic Church in Harbin. It has, however, been vacant since 1939.

Area Archdioceses Dioceses Apostolic prefectures Apostolic administrations Total
Mainland China 20 93 29 1 143
Hong Kong 0 1 0 0 1
Macau 0 1 0 0 1
Taiwan 1 6 0 0 7
Total 21 101 29 1 152

However, the Chinese government has its own division of the dioceses, which is not necessarily identical to that of the Holy See. For example, many dioceses have been merged, and the difference between archdioceses, dioceses, apostolic prefectures and apostolic administrations has been abolished. Thus, according to the Chinese government, Mainland China is divided into 104 jurisdictions, all dioceses.

Originally, the ecclesiastical provinces were closely aligned with the civil provinces of China. However, the borders of most provinces have not been redrawn again for decades. As a general guideline, however, the ecclesiastical provinces largely correspond with the following civil provinces:

Ecclesiastical province Civil province Jurisdictions (Holy See) Jurisdictions (CPCA)
Anqing Anhui 4 1
Beijing Beijing, Hebei, Tianjin 15 (16 if including Xiwanzi) 12
Changsha Hunan 9 1
Chongqing Chongqing, Sichuan, Tibet 8 8
Fuzhou Fujian 6 4
Guangzhou Guangdong, Hong Kong(, Macau, Hainan) 9 (including Hong Kong and Macau; 8 if excluding Beihai) 7 (9 including Hong Kong and Macau)
Guiyang Guizhou 3 1
Hangzhou Zhejiang 5 5
Hankou Hubei 11 5
Jinan Shandong 11 9
Kaifeng Henan 9 9
Kunming Yunnan 3 3
Lanzhou Gansu(, Qinghai, Xinjiang) 5 5
Nanchang Jiangxi 5 1
Nanjing Jiangsu, Shanghai 7 5
Nanning Guangxi 3 (4 if including Beihai) 1
Shenyang Jilin, Liaoning(, Heilongjiang) 12 (11 if excluding Chifeng) 3
Suiyuan Inner Mongolia, Ningxia 4 (also 4 if including Chifeng and excluding Xiwanzi) 6
Taipei Taiwan, Kaohsiung, New Taipei, Taichung, Tainan, Taipei, Taoyuan, Fujian (Kinmen-Matsu) 7
Taiyuan Shanxi 8 10
Xi'an Shaanxi 8 8
Total 152 104 (106 including Hong Kong, Macau)

The ecclesiastical jurisdictions in Hainan, Macao, Qinghai and Xinjiang are all exempt, though Macao is a diocese (the others are apostolic prefectures or apostolic administrations). Heilongjiang is also exempt, being administered by three apostolic prefectures, with the exception of some parts of Mudanjiang, which belong to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Yanji, which is located in Jilin province (Ecclesiastical Province of Shenyang).

In the Apostolic Constitution of 11 April 1946, all provinces are named by the name of the civil province as well as by the name of the archdiocese. The province of Suiyuan is described as the province of Mongolia, and the province of Shenyang as the province of Manchuria. However, these two names are not used anymore.

Current Latin provinces and dioceses in PR China incl. Hong KongEdit

Ecclesiastical Province of AnqingEdit

The Ecclesiastical Province of Anqing roughly covers the territory of Anhui province. The archdiocese is located in Anqing, even though Hefei has been the provincial capital since the 1940s - in fact, no diocese is located in Hefei. Also, apart from the archdiocese and the two diocese, there is also one exempt jurisdiction, the Apostolic Prefecture of Tunxi.

Ecclesiastical Province of BeijingEdit

The territory of the Ecclesiastical Province of Beijing is largely equal to that of Hebei province, when including Beijing and Tianjin. An important exception was Chengde; however, in 2018, the diocese of Chengde was erected, a suffragan of the archdiocese of Beijing, covering the entire prefecture-level city of Chengde. Furthermore, Puyang and Xinxiang's Changyuan County (Henan province) belong to the diocese of Daming (Ecclesiastical Province of Beijing), whereas Handan's Linzhang County, She County and Wu'an (all located in Hebei) belong to the diocese of Weihui (Ecclesiastical Province of Kaifeng). Shandongs Ningjin County also belongs to the diocese of Jingxian. Parts of Qinhuangdao and Zhangjiakou do not belong to the Ecclesiastical Province of Beijing. Furthermore, the Apostolic Prefecture of Yixian has not yet been elevated to the rank of diocese, and as such is not yet part of the Ecclesiastical Province of Beijing, but is still exempt. Furthermore, the Diocese of Xiwanzi belongs to the Ecclesiastical Province of Suiyuan (Inner Mongolia), even though its seat is located in Hebei province.

Ecclesiastical Province of ChangshaEdit

The Ecclesiastical Province of Changsha roughly covers the territory of Hunan province. In Hunan province, five exempt jurisdictions are also located: the Apostolic Prefecture of Baoqing, the Apostolic Prefecture of Lixian, the Apostolic Prefecture of Xiangtan, the Apostolic Prefecture of Yongzhou and the Apostolic Prefecture of Yueyang.

Ecclesiastical Province of ChongqingEdit

The Ecclesiastical Province of Chongqing roughly corresponds to Sichuan and Chongqing (Chongqing was separated from Sichuan in 1997) and also covers Tibet, though the diocese serving Tibet, the diocese of Kangding, is located in Sichuan. All the dioceses are located in Sichuan, except for Chongqing and Wanxian, which are located in Chongqing.

Ecclesiastical Province of FuzhouEdit

The Ecclesiastical Province of Fuzhou roughly covers the territory of Fujian province. In Fujian province, two exempt jurisdictions are also located: the Apostolic Prefecture of Jian'ou and the Apostolic Prefecture of Shaowu. Note that Kinmen belongs to the diocese of Xiamen, but is administered by the archdiocese of Taipei.[1]

Ecclesiastical Province of GuangzhouEdit

The Ecclesiastical Province of Guangzhou roughly covers Guangdong and Hong Kong. Nearby Macau and Hainan are both exempt: the diocese of Macau and the Apostolic Prefecture of Hainan. Also, note that the diocese of Beihai is located in Guangxi.

Ecclesiastical Province of GuiyangEdit

The Ecclesiastical Province of Guiyang roughly covers the territory of Guizhou. In Guizhou province, one exempt jurisdiction is also located: the Apostolic Prefecture of Shiqian.

Ecclesiastical Province of HangzhouEdit

The Ecclesiastical Province of Hangzhou roughly covers the territory of Zhejiang.

Ecclesiastical Province of HankouEdit

The Ecclesiastical Province of Hankou roughly corresponds with Hubei. Hankou has been merged with Wuchang and Hanyang to form Wuhan in 1927. Apart from the dioceses, two exempt jurisdictions exist, the Apostolic Prefecture of Shashi and the Apostolic Prefecture of Suixian.

Ecclesiastical Province of JinanEdit

Apart from the dioceses, Shandong province also has three apostolic prefectures: the Apostolic Prefecture of Weihai, the Apostolic Prefecture of Yiduxian (Qingzhou) and the Apostolic Prefecture of Linqing. However, even after taking this into account, the boundaries do not completely correspond with Shandong province.

Ecclesiastical Province of KaifengEdit

The territory of the Ecclesiastical Province of Kaifeng is almost equal to that of Henan province. However, Puyang and Xinxiang's Changyuan County belong to the diocese of Daming (Ecclesiastical Province of Beijing), whereas Handan's Linzhang County, She County and Wu'an (all located in Hebei) belong to the diocese of Weihui. Furthermore, the Apostolic Prefecture of Xinxiang has not yet been elevated to the rank of diocese, and as such is not yet part of the Ecclesiastical Province of Kaifeng, but is still exempt.

Note that the archdiocese is located in Kaifeng, and not in Zhengzhou, the provincial capital of Henan since 1954.

Ecclesiastical Province of KunmingEdit

The Ecclesiastical Province of Kunming roughly covers the territory of Yunnan. In Yunnan province, one exempt jurisdiction is also located: the Apostolic Prefecture of Zhaotong.

Ecclesiastical Province of LanzhouEdit

The Ecclesiastical Province of Lanzhou roughly covers the territory of Gansu. Note that Xinjiang is covered by the Apostolic Prefecture of Xinjiang-Urumqi and Qinghai by the Apostolic Prefecture of Xining. Historically, both provinces were part of the Apostolic Vicariate (now Archdiocese) of Lanzhou.

Ecclesiastical Province of NanchangEdit

The Ecclesiastical Province of Nanchang roughly covers the territory of Jiangxi.

Ecclesiastical Province of NanjingEdit

The Ecclesiastical Province of Nanjing roughly covers the territory of Jiangsu and Shanghai. In Jiangsu province, two exempt jurisdictions are also located: the Apostolic Prefecture of Haizhou and the Apostolic Prefecture of Yangzhou.

Ecclesiastical Province of NanningEdit

The Ecclesiastical Province of Nanning roughly covers the territory of Guangxi. In Guangxi, one exempt jurisdiction is also located: the Apostolic Prefecture of Guilin. Also, note that the diocese of Beihai, which is located in Guangxi, is part of the Ecclesiastical Province of Guangdong.

Ecclesiastical Province of ShenyangEdit

The Ecclesiastical Province of Shenyang (Shenyang is the capital of Liaoning) roughly covers Liaoning and Jilin. However, the Diocese of Chifeng belongs to the Ecclesiastical Province of Shenyang, but is located in Inner Mongolia. Furthermore, the diocese of Yanji (in Jilin) also covers a very small part of Heilongjiang. Some parts of the North-East are covered by exempt jurisdictions: the Apostolic Administration of Harbin, the Apostolic Prefecture of Jiamusi, the Apostolic Prefecture of Lindong and the Apostolic Prefecture of Qiqihar.

Harbin is also the seat of the Eastern Catholic Russian Catholic Apostolic Exarchate of Harbin, which, however, has been vacant since 1939 and only exists on paper.

Ecclesiastical Province of SuiyuanEdit

Suiyuan is now known as Hohhot; the dioceses roughly cover Inner Mongolia and Ningxia, though the diocese of Xiwanzi is actually located in Hebei. Also, the Diocese of Chifeng is located in Inner Mongolia, but belongs to the Ecclesiastical Province of Shenyang.

Ecclesiastical Province of TaiyuanEdit

The territory of the Ecclesiastical Province of Taiyuan is almost equal to that of Shanxi province. However, the Apostolic Prefecture of Xinjiang (also referred to as Yuncheng or Jiangzhou) has not yet been elevated to the rank of diocese, and as such is not yet part of the Ecclesiastical Province of Taiyuan, but is still exempt.

Ecclesiastical Province of Xi'anEdit

Apart from the dioceses, Shaanxi province also has two apostolic prefectures: the Apostolic Prefecture of Tongzhou and the Apostolic Prefecture of Xing’anfu. However, even after taking this into account, the boundaries do not completely correspond with Shaanxi province.

Current Latin province and dioceses in TaiwanEdit

Ecclesiastical Province of TaipeiEdit

 
Catholic dioceses in Taiwan.

Note that Kinmen and the Matsu Islands belong to the diocese of Xiamen, but are administered by the archdiocese of Taipei with its Archbishop serving as an Apostolic Administrator in respect of the islands.[1]

Current exempt jurisdictions, immediately subject to the Holy SeeEdit

DiocesesEdit

Apostolic AdministrationsEdit

Apostolic PrefecturesEdit

Eastern Catholic : Byzantine RiteEdit

Defunct jurisdictionsEdit

Most former jurisdictions have current successor sees (although many are vacant).

Suppressed without 'direct' successor (all in continental China) :

(Arch)DiocesanEdit

There are no titular sees, and the Latin

Pre-diocesanEdit

(some had their title preserved when merged into another)

Dioceses according to the Chinese Patriotic Catholic AssociationEdit

The structure of dioceses of the CPCA is not the same one as the one of the Holy See. First of all, the distinction between archdioceses, dioceses, apostolic prefectures and apostolic administrations is not maintained: only dioceses exist. Secondly, the dioceses are structured according to the administrative divisions of the PRC. Many dioceses have been merged; some provinces are only served by a single diocese. Except for the diocese of Kangding, which also covers Tibet, all dioceses are restricted to territory within a single province.

In total the CPCA has 104 dioceses, whereas according to the Holy See, Mainland China has 143 jurisdictions. In the course of time, the CPCA has established five new dioceses (the Diocese of Jincheng and the Diocese of Xinzhou in Shanxi, the Diocese of Bayannur and the Diocese of Baotou in Inner Mongolia, and the Diocese of Zhanjiang in Guangdong. Forty-four other jurisdictions have been merged with other dioceses. For example, according to the Holy See, Hunan proince exists of one archdiocese, three dioceses and four apostolic prefectures. These eight jurisdictions have all been merged by the CPCA to form a single diocese of Hunan. Furthermore, many dioceses have been renamed or have had their seat relocated to a nearby city; most of the dioceses boundaries have also been redrawn to correspond with current PRC administrative divisions. In general, Chinese prefectures have no more than one diocese, but there are exceptions: the prefecture of Baoding is divided in the Diocese of Baoding and the Diocese of Anguo.

This results in the following list of dioceses:

Diocese of Beijing
Diocese of Tianjin
Diocese of Shanghai
Diocese of Chongqing | Diocese of Wanzhou
Diocese of Shijiazhuang | Diocese of Cangzhou | Diocese of Tangshan | Diocese of Baoding | Diocese of Zhangjiakou | Diocese of Anguo | Diocese of Xingtai | Diocese of Handan | Diocese of Hengshui | Diocese of Chengde
Diocese of Nanjing | Diocese of Haimen | Diocese of Xuzhou | Diocese of Suzhou
Diocese of Fuzhou | Diocese of Xiamen | Diocese of Mindong | Diocese of Minbei
Diocese of Xi'an | Diocese of Hanzhong | Diocese of Yan'an | Diocese of Fengxiang | Diocese of Sanyuan | Diocese of Zhouzhi | Diocese of Ankang | Diocese of Weinan
Diocese of Chengdu | Diocese of Kangding | Diocese of Yibin | Diocese of Xichang | Diocese of Nanchong | Diocese of Leshan
Diocese of Liaoning
Diocese of Jilin
Diocese of Heilongjiang
Diocese of Hangzhou | Diocese of Ningbo | Diocese of Taizhou | Diocese of Lishui | Diocese of Wenzhou
Diocese of Wuhan | Diocese of Yichang | Diocese of Puqi | Diocese of Xiangfang | Diocese of Jingzhou
Diocese of Kunming | Diocese of Dali | Diocese of Zhaotong
Diocese of Taiyuan | Diocese of Changzhi | Diocese of Lüliang | Diocese of Datong | Diocese of Shuozhou | Diocese of Jinzhong | Diocese of Linfen | Diocese of Yuncheng | Diocese of Jincheng | Diocese of Xinzhou
Diocese of Kaifeng | Diocese of Nanyang | Diocese of Anyang | Diocese of Zhengzhou | Diocese of Xinyang | Diocese of Luoyang | Diocese of Shangqiu | Diocese of Zhumadian | Diocese of Xinxiang
Diocese of Guizhou
Diocese of Jiangxi
Diocese of Jinan | Diocese of Yanzhou | Diocese of Yantai | Diocese of Qingdao | Diocese of Heze | Diocese of Zhoucun | Diocese of Linyi | Diocese of Liaocheng | Diocese of Qingzhou
Diocese of Hohhot | Diocese of Chifeng | Diocese of Bayannur | Diocese of Baotou | Diocese of Ulanqab
Diocese of Ningxia
Diocese of Hunan
Diocese of Guangzhou | Diocese of Shantou | Diocese of Shaoguan | Diocese of Jiangmen | Diocese of Meizhou | Diocese of Zhanjiang
Diocese of Hainan
Diocese of Guangxi
Diocese of Lanzhou | Diocese of Tianshui | Diocese of Pingliang
Diocese of Xining
Diocese of Xinjiang
Diocese of Anhui

The CPCA has abolished and merged:
3 jurisdictions in Anhui
2 jurisdictions in Fujian
3 jurisdictions in Guangxi
2 jurisdictions in Guizhou
4 jurisdictions in Hebei
3 jurisdictions in Heilongjiang
6 jurisdictions in Hebei
7 jurisdictions in Hunan
1 jurisdiction in Inner Mongolia
2 jurisdictions in Jiangsu
4 jurisdictions in Jiangxi
2 jurisdictions in Jilin
3 jurisdictions in Liaoning
2 jurisdictions in Shandong

In total, 44 Holy See jurisdictions have been abolished and merged. This includes 26 out of 93 dioceses and 18 out of 29 apostolic prefectures.

The CPCA has established:
1 jurisdiction in Guangdong
2 jurisdictions in Inner Mongolia
2 jurisdictions in Shanxi

In total, 5 new CPCA jurisdictions have been established, all dioceses. Apart from these 5, the CPCA has also established a new diocese in Hebei, the Diocese of Chengde, but this diocese was recognized by the Holy See in 2018.

In the following provinces, no new dioceses were established and existing dioceses were not abolished: Beijing, Chongqing, Gansu, Hainan, Henan, Ningxia, Qinghai, Shaanxi, Shanghai, Sichuan, Tianjin, Tibet, Xinjiang, Yunnan and Zhejiang. In Guangdong and Zhejiang, no dioceses were abolished, but new diocese were established.

However, names of dioceses may have been changed, dioceses may have been elevated, and the boundaries of dioceses may have changed.

See alsoEdit

Sources and external linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Diocese of Xiamen 廈門, China". GCatholic.