Catholic Church


Republic of Korea (South Korea)

South Korea

Also known as: Südkorea (Deutsch), Corea del Sur (español), la Corée du Sud (français), Corea del Sud (Italiano), Korea Południowa (polski), Coreia do Sul (Português), 南韓(大韓民國) (正體中文), 大韓民国 (日本語), 대한민국 (한국어), Corea Meridionalis (latine)

Continent: South and East Asia

Capital: Seoul

Neighbouring Countries: China China, ↑ North Korea North Korea, → Japan Japan

By Type (16)

Metropolitan Sees (Archdioceses) Metr. Archdiocese (3)

Episcopal Sees (Dioceses) Diocese (12)

Military Ordinariates Military Ordinariate (1)

By Rite

Roman Rite (16): Andong 안동, Busan 부산, Cheongju 청주, Chuncheon 춘천, Daegu 대구, Daejeon 대전, Gwangju 광주, Incheon 인천, Jeju 제주, Jeonju 전주, Masan 마산, Military Ordinariate of South Korea, Seoul 서울, Suwon 수원, Uijeongbu 의정부, Wonju 원주

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Changes in Jurisdictions | Former Jurisdictions

Apostolic Nunciature: Korea

Conference of Bishops: Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Korea Bishop Mathias Ri Iong-hoon (71)

International Meeting of Bishops’ Conferences: Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (F.A.B.C.) Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, S.D.B. (74)

CardinalsCardinals (2 electors/2 total)

Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jung (79)Andrew Yeom Soo-jung (염수정 안드레아 / 廉洙政) (79)

Cardinal Lazzaro You Heung-sik (71)Lazzaro You Heung-sik (유흥식 라자로 / 俞興植) (71)

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Cathedrals Cathedrals (19)

National Shrines National Shrines (2)

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Roman-Rite Church Seoul Pilgrimage Route

Roman-Rite Church Shrines in the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy


Patron Saints: Saint Joseph, Immaculate Conception of Mary

Saints: 102 Saints, 133 Blesseds

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Statistics (2021.12.31)

Catholic Population: 5,859,000 Catholics (11.3% of 51,745,000 total)

Pastoral Centres: 1,841 parishes, 402 mission stations (9 with resident priest, 393 without resident priest), 240 other centres

Clergy: 42 bishops (15 diocesan, 27 titular), 4,981 priests (4,221 diocesan, 760 religious), 7 permanent deacons (3 diocesan, 4 religious)

Non-Clergy: 9,611 religious (525 brothers, 9,086 sisters), 38 members of secular institutes (sisters), 1,016 major seminarians, 666 missionaries, 10,778 catechists


Area: 96,920 km²

Population: 51,181,299

Religions: Protestant 19.7%, Buddhist 15.5%, Catholic 7.9%, none 56.9%

Languages: Korean, English (widely taught in elementary, junior high, and high school)

Ethnic Groups: homogeneous

Motto: 홍익인간 (Korean) (Benefit all mankind)

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