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Roman Catholic Diocese of Atambua

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Parishes  65
Pope  Francis
Country  Indonesia
Metropolitan archbishop  Petrus Turang
Rite  Latin Rite
Area  5,177 km²
Bishop  Dominikus Saku
Population - Total - Catholics  (as of 2012) 561,000 553,712 (98.7%)
Cathedral  Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Atambua
Ecclesiastical province  Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kupang

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Atambua (Latin: Atambuen(sis)) is a Latin suffragan diocese in the Ecclesiastical province of the Metropolitan of Kupang, in Indonesia, yet still dependent of the Roman Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.

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Its cathedral episcopal see is Katedral Santa Maria Imakulata (dedicated to Mary Immaculate) located in the city of Atambua.

History

  • Established on May 25, 1936 as the Apostolic Vicariate of Dutch Timor, on territory split off from the then Apostolic Vicariate of Lesser Sunda Islands
  • Renamed on November 11, 1948 after its see as Apostolic Vicariate of Atambua.
  • Promoted January 3, 1961 as Diocese of Atambua, yet still missionary.
  • Lost territory on 13 April 1967 to establish the then Diocese of Kupang, now its Metropolitan.
  • Ordinaries

    (all Roman rite, till 2007 members of a Latin missionary congregation)

    Apostolic Vicar of Dutch Timor
  • Jacques Pessers, Divine Word Missionaries (S.V.D.) (June 1, 1937 – November 11, 1948 see below), Titular Bishop of Candyba (1937.06.01 – 1961.04.03)
  • Apostolic Vicars of Atambua
  • Jacques Pessers, S.V.D. (see above November 11, 1948 – January 3, 1961 see below)
  • Theodorus van den Tillaart, S.V.D. (November 14, 1957 – January 3, 1961 see below), Titular Bishop of Mulia (1957.11.14 – 1961.01.03)
  • Suffragan Bishops of Atambua
  • Jacques Pessers, S.V.D. (see above January 3, 1961 – death April 3, 1961)
  • Theodorus van den Tillaart, S.V.D. (see above January 3, 1961 – retired February 3, 1984)
  • Anton Pain Ratu, S.V.D. (February 3, 1984 – retired June 2, 2007), previously Titular Bishop of Zaba (1982.04.02 – 1984.02.03) & Auxiliary Bishop of Atambua (1982.04.02 – 1984.02.03)
  • Dominikus Saku (June 2, 2007 – ...)
  • References

    Roman Catholic Diocese of Atambua Wikipedia


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