Mission sui iuris of Tajikistan
The Roman Catholic Mission Sui Iuris of Tadjikistan is a Roman Catholic (Latin Church) Mission sui iuris (pre-diocesan jurisdiction, also known as Independent Mission) for the Catholics of Tadjikistan (West Turkistan, Central Asia).
It is exempt, i.e. directly subject to the Holy See (not part of any ecclesiastical province) and comprises three churches (in the Tadjik capital Dushanbe, Kokhand and Vakhsh near Qurgonteppa), but no see.
On 29 September 1997, the Holy See established the Mission sui iuris on territory split off from the then Apostolic Administration of Kazakhstan (shortly after promoted to Diocese of Karaganda, after missiones sui iuris were also split off for Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, all in 1997).
- So far, all its superiors were Argentina-born missionary members of the Institute of the Incarnate Word (I.V.E.)
- Father Carlos Antonio Ávila, I.V.E. (1997.09.29 – 2013.09.19)
- Father Pedro Ramiro López, I.V.E. (2013.09.19 – ...)