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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Macau (Portuguese: Diocese de Macau; Chinese: 天主教澳門教區) is an exempt (i.e. an immediate subject of the Holy See and not part of any ecclesiastical province) Latin Rite diocese of the Catholic Church,[1] in contrast with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong, which is, de iure, part of the Ecclesiastical Province of Guangdong.


Dioecesis Macaonensis

天主教澳門教區
Location
Country China
Territory Macau
Statistics
Area30 km2 (12 sq mi)
Population
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2013)
582,000
29,611 (5.1%)
Information
RiteLatin Rite
CathedralCathedral of the Nativity of Our Lady
Current leadership
PopeFrancis
BishopStephen Lee Bun-sang
Vicar GeneralFather Pedro Chung
Website
diomac.mo
Roman Catholic Diocese of Macau
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese天主教澳門教區
Simplified Chinese天主教澳门教区
Portuguese name
PortugueseDiocese de Macau

The territory of the Diocese of Macau encompasses Macau, a special administrative region of China. In theory, a part of Guangdong province also belongs to the diocese, but in practice, the diocese is limited to Macau.

Its cathedral is the Cathedral of the Nativity of Our Lady.

Its patron saints are Francis Xavier and Catherine of Siena, and its motto is Scientia et Virtus (Knowledge and Virtue).

Stephen Lee Bun-sang is the current bishop and the third Chinese bishop of the diocese.

HistoryEdit

It was established on January 23, 1576 by the edict of Pope Gregory XIII, on vast territory split off from Roman Catholic Diocese of Malacca. It originally covered China, Japan, Vietnam and the Malay archipelago, with the exception of the Philippines. From its founding, the diocese was a suffragan diocese of the Archdiocese (soon Patriarchate) of Goa, in Portuguese India.

It gradually lost most of its territory, in and around continental China:

It was made exempt in 1975, following Portugal's loss of sovereignty over Goa, its former Metropolitan.

It now only administers Macau alone, the last regions outside Macau under its administration were the parishes of Saint Joseph in Singapore (re-united with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Singapore c. 1972) and St. Peter's Church in Malacca (now as part of Roman Catholic Diocese of Malacca-Johor), which separated from the Diocese of Macau in 1981.

Episcopal ordinariesEdit

Bishops of MacauEdit

Exempt Bishops of MacauEdit

ParishesEdit

The Diocese is divided in:

SchoolsEdit

The following schools are directly operated by the diocese:

Preschool through secondary school
Preschool through junior high school
Preschool and primary school

There are other Catholic schools in Macau which are operated by Catholic orders.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Macau marks 440th anniversary". Sunday Examiner. Roman Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong. 17 January 2016. Archived from the original on 16 January 2019. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Colégio Diocesano de São José." Education and Youth Affairs Bureau (Macau). Retrieved on April 9, 2017. "Endereço : Rua da Sé, no.19" - Chinese profile: "學校地址: 大堂街十九號"
  3. ^ "Colégio Diocesano de São José 5." Education and Youth Affairs Bureau (Macau). Retrieved on April 9, 2017. "Endereço : Rua Central de Toi San, no. 253" - Chinese profile: "學校地址: 台山中街253號"
  4. ^ "Escola São Paulo." Education and Youth Affairs Bureau (Macau). Retrieved on April 9, 2017. "Endereço : Rampa dos Cavaleiros, nos.12-14" - Chinese profile: "學校地址: 黑沙灣斜坡12-14號"
  5. ^ " Escola do Santíssimo Rosário." Education and Youth Affairs Bureau (Macau). Retrieved on April 9, 2017. "Endereço : Largo da Companhia, No. 14, Macau" Chinese profile: "學校地址: 老人院前地14號"
  6. ^ "Escola do Santíssimo Rosário to close in 2017". O Clarim. 2016-06-17. Retrieved 2017-04-09. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  7. ^ "Escola Dom João Paulino." Education and Youth Affairs Bureau (Macau). Retrieved on April 9, 2017. "Endereço : Avenida de Carlos da Maia, s/n, Taipa" - Chinese profile: "學校地址: 嘉路士米耶大馬路"
  8. ^ "Escola Madalena de Canossa." Education and Youth Affairs Bureau (Macau). Retrieved on April 9, 2017. "Endereço : Rua do Comandante João Belo Fai Chi Kei, no.28" - Chinese profile: "學校地址: 筷子基俾若翰街28號"
  9. ^ "Escola de Santa Teresa do Menino Jesus." Education and Youth Affairs Bureau (Macau). Retrieved on April 9, 2017. "Endereço : Avenida Conselheiro Borja, no.592" - Chinese profile: "學校地址: 青洲大馬路592號"

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