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Roman Catholic Diocese of Banmaw

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Metropolitan  Mandalay
Denomination  Roman Catholic
Established  28 August 2006
Country  Myanmar (Burma)
Parishes  13
Rite  Latin Rite
Area  10,373 km²
Population - Total - Catholics  (as of 2012) 341,693 30,829 (9%)
Ecclesiastical province  Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Mandalay

The (Roman Catholic) Diocese of Banmaw (Latin: Dioecesis Banmavensis) is located in the Kachin State in northwestern Myanmar. It is a suffragan diocese of the archdiocese of Mandalay.

The diocese was created on August 26, 2006 by splitting off the southern part of the Diocese of Myitkyina. On November 26 the first bishop Raymond Sumlut Gam was ordained, and the St Patrick church was elevated to the cathedral of the diocese by Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio, Apostolic Nuncio for Myanmar.

The diocese covers an area of 10,373 km². It is subdivided into 10 parishes. 26,070 of the 450,000 people in the area belong to the Catholic Church.

The diocese covers the districts of Banmaw, Mansi, Momauk and Shwegu, all in Kachin State. Neighboring dioceses are Myitkyina to the north west and to the east, the archdiocese of Mandalay and the diocese of Taunggyi to the south.


Roman Catholic Diocese of Banmaw Wikipedia

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