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Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Díli

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The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Díli (Latin: Archidioecesis Diliensis) is a archdiocese located in the city of Díli in Timor-Leste.[1]

Archdiocese of Díli

Archidioecesis Diliensis

Archdiocese de Díli
Kathedrale Dili E-24.jpg
Country Timor-Leste
MetropolitanArchdiocese of Díli
Area4,755 km2 (1,836 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2013)
561,135 (94.9%)
RiteLatin Rite
Established4 September 1940
CathedralImmaculate Conception Cathedral, Dili
Current leadership
BishopVirgilio do Carmo da Silva, S.D.B.
Bishops emeritusAlberto Ricardo da Silva (2004-2015)
Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo Apostolic Administrator Emeritus (1988-2002)
Location of the Diocese of Díli
Location of the Diocese of Díli

The country’s only Major Seminary, the Seminary of SS Peter and Paul is located within the Diocese.[2]

In 1983 Bishop Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo S.D.B. took over the administration of Dili Diocese. Then the only diocese in the territory, the 700,000 Catholics were divided into 30 parishes administered by 71 priests.[3]

In 2017 the Diocese has 28 parishes with 585,958 Catholics.[4] In 2019 it had grown to 30 parishes in the five districts of Dili, Ermera, Aielu, Ainaro and Manufahi. It has 149 priests, including 63 diocesan priests, 86 religious priests, 132 brothers and 432 nuns.

On Wednesday, September 11, 2019, the Holy See announced that Pope Francis had elevated Dili to the status of a Metropolitan Archdiocese; the Ecclesiastical Province of Dili will have two suffragan sees, the Dioceses of Baucau and Maliana. Bishop da Silva will be raised to the rank of Archbishop.[5]


  • On 1 January 1976 under the bull Ad nominum of Pope Paul VI the diocese became immediately subject to the Holy See (Exemption).
  • On 4 September 1990 the diocese celebrated its 50th anniversary.[6]
  • On 30 November 1996 it lost a portion of its territory to the newly erected Diocese of Baucau.
  • In 2009 the government gave US$1.5 million to two dioceses in East Timor — Dili and Baucau, which they are to receive annually "to run social programs for people". Poverty remains a massive problem since independence in 2002, with about half of the 1 million population unemployed and 45 per cent living on less than US$1 a day.[7]
  • 1 February 2010: The Roman Catholic Diocese of Dili loses territory to form the newly erected Roman Catholic Diocese of Maliana, the third Roman Catholic diocese in East Timor
  • Pope John Paul II celebrated Mass with crowds of young people of East Timor on 12 October 1989. In 2008 a chapel and statue were built and dedicated in his honour in the suburb of Tasi-Tolu, in the Diocese. These were blessed by the Apostolic Nuncio of East Timor, Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli.[8]


Archbishops of Dili (Roman rite)

Bishops of Díli (Roman rite)


  1. ^ UCANews September 12, 2019
  2. ^ Agenzia Fides 2/7/2008 Archived 13 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Maliana Diocese Timor Leste (East Timor) | Diocese of Maliana Timor Leste (East Timor) | Ucanews". Retrieved 30 September 2017.
  4. ^ UCANews 23 October 2017
  5. ^ Vatican Press September 11, 2019
  6. ^ UCANews 10 August 1990
  7. ^ UCANews 22 September 2009
  8. ^ Agenzia Fides 19/6/2008

Coordinates: 8°33′30″S 125°34′03″E / 8.5584°S 125.5676°E / -8.5584; 125.5676