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Roman Catholic Diocese of Kankan

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Country  Guinea
Rite  Latin Rite
Bishop  Emmanuel Félémou
Metropolitan  Conakry
Pope  Francis
Area  118,000 km²
Population - Total - Catholics  (as of 2004) 1,809,716 55,483 (3.1%)
Ecclesiastical province  Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Conakry

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Kankan (Latin: Kankanen(sis)) is a Latin suffragan diocese in the Ecclesiastical province of Conakry in Guinea, yet depends on the missionary Roman Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.

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Its cathedral episcopal see is the Marian Cathédrale Notre-Dame des Victoires et de la Paix, dedicated to Our Lady of Victories and Peace, in the city of Kankan.

Statistics

As per 2014, it pastorally served 72,455 Catholics (3.4% of 2,143,000 total) on 118,000 km² in 14 parishes and 76 missions with 40 priests (32 diocesan, 8 religious), 23 lay religious (14 brothers, 9 sisters) and 7 seminarians.

History

  • Established on May 12, 1949 as Apostolic Prefecture of Kankan, on territory canonically split off from the Apostolic Vicariate of French Guinea
  • Promoted on November 17, 1993 as Diocese of Kankan.
  • Ordinaries

    (all Roman rite)

    Apostolic Prefects of Kankan
  • Fr. Maurizio Le Mailloux, Holy Ghost Fathers (C.S.Sp.- (1950.03.17 – death 1957)
  • Apostolic Administrator Gérard-Paul-Louis-Marie de Milleville, C.S.Sp. (1957 – 1958.12.14), while Metropolitan Archbishop of Conakry (Guinea) (1955.09.14 – retired 1962.03.10), later Titular Archbishop of Gabala (1962.03.10 – 2007.01.12) as Auxiliary Bishop of Fortaleza (Brazil) (1967 – 1984), Apostolic Administrator of Basse-Terre (Guadeloupe, French) (1968.01.29 – 1970.10.05); died 2207
  • Fr. Jean B. Coudray, C.S.Sp. (1958.12.14 – death 1979)
  • Apostolic Administrator Robert Sarah (1979 – 1993.11.17), while Metropolitan Archbishop of Conakry (Guinea) (1979.08.13 – 2001.10.01), President of Episcopal Conference of the Guinea (1985 – 2001); later Roman Curia official as Secretary of Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples (2001.10.01 – 2010.10.07), Vice-Grand Chancellor of Pontifical Urbaniana University (2001.10.01 – 2010.10.07), President of Pontifical Council “Cor unum” (2010.10.07 – 2014.11.24), created Cardinal-Deacon of S. Giovanni Bosco in Via Tuscolana (2010.11.20 [2011.01.30] – ...), Prefect of Roman Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments (2014.11.24 – ...)
  • Suffragan Bishops of Kankan
  • Vincent Coulibaly (1993.11.17 – 2003.05.06), first Guinean incumbent; later Metropolitan Archbishop of Conakry (Guinea) (2003.05.06 – ...), staying on shortly as Apostolic Administrator of Kankan (2003.07.31 – 2004), President of Episcopal Conference of the Guinea (2007.12 – 2013.01)
  • Emmanuel Félémou (2007.01.05 - ...), President of Episcopal Conference of the Guinea (2013.01 – ...); no previous prelature
  • References

    Roman Catholic Diocese of Kankan Wikipedia


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