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Changes in Ecclesiastical Circumscriptions

in Congo-Kinshasa

Congo-Kinshasa
DateAscendingChange
1886.11.22Mission sui juris of Congo Belge was established (from Apostolic Vicariate of Deux Guinées and Apostolic Prefecture of Lower Congo)
1888.05.11Mission sui juris of Congo Belge was promoted as Apostolic Vicariate of Congo Belge
1892.04.18Mission sui juris of Kwango was established (from Apostolic Vicariate of Congo Belge)
1895.03.30Apostolic Vicariate of Haut-Congo was established (from Apostolic Vicariate of Tanganyika)
1898.05.12Apostolic Prefecture of Uélé was established (from Apostolic Vicariate of Congo Belge)
1901.07.26Mission sui juris of Kasaï Supérieur was established (from Apostolic Vicariate of Congo Belge)
1903.06.30Mission sui juris of Kwango was promoted as Apostolic Prefecture of Kwango
1904.03.18Mission sui juris of Kasaï Supérieur was promoted as Apostolic Prefecture of Kasaï Supérieur
1904.08.03Apostolic Prefecture of Stanley Falls was established (from Apostolic Vicariate of Congo Belge)
1908.03.10Apostolic Prefecture of Stanley Falls was promoted as Apostolic Vicariate of Stanley Falls
1910.08.05Apostolic Prefecture of Katanga was established (from Apostolic Vicariate of Tanganyika)
1911.04.07Apostolic Prefecture of Ubangui belge was established (from Apostolic Vicariate of Congo Belge)
1911.07.01Apostolic Prefecture of Matadi was established (from Apostolic Vicariate of Congo Belge)
1911.07.11Apostolic Prefecture of Northern Katanga was established (from Apostolic Vicariate of Congo Belge)
1911.12.18Apostolic Prefecture of Uélé was renamed as Apostolic Prefecture of Uélé Occidentale (lost territory to establish Apostolic Prefecture of Uélé Orientale)
1911.12.18Apostolic Prefecture of Uélé Orientale was established (from Apostolic Prefecture of Uélé)
1917.06.13Apostolic Prefecture of Kasaï Supérieur was promoted as Apostolic Vicariate of Kasaï Supérieur
1919.04.03Apostolic Vicariate of Congo Belge was renamed as Apostolic Vicariate of Léopoldville (lost territory to establish Apostolic Vicariate of Nouvelle-Anvers)
1919.04.03Apostolic Vicariate of Nouvelle-Anvers was established (from Apostolic Vicariate of Congo Belge)
1922.06.27Apostolic Prefecture of Lac Albert was established (from Apostolic Vicariate of Stanley Falls and Apostolic Vicariate of Northern Victoria-Nyanza)
1922.07.18Apostolic Prefecture of Lulua Katanga was established (from Apostolic Vicariate of Kasaï Supérieur and Apostolic Prefecture of Katanga)
1924.02.11Apostolic Prefecture of Tsuapa was established (from Apostolic Vicariate of Nouvelle-Anvers)
1924.04.15Apostolic Prefecture of Uélé Occidentale was promoted as Apostolic Vicariate of Uélé Occidentale
1924.05.06Apostolic Prefecture of Uélé Orientale was promoted as Apostolic Vicariate of Uélé Orientale
1925.05.12Apostolic Prefecture of Luapula Supérieur was established (from Apostolic Prefecture of Katanga)
1926.01.28Apostolic Prefecture of Tsuapa was renamed as Apostolic Prefecture of Coquilhatville (gained territory from Apostolic Vicariate of Nouvelle-Anvers)
1926.01.28Apostolic Vicariate of Nouvelle-Anvers lost territory to Apostolic Prefecture of Coquilhatville
1926.03.10Apostolic Prefecture of Bondo was established (from Apostolic Vicariate of Uélé Occidentale)
1926.03.10Apostolic Vicariate of Uélé Occidentale was renamed as Apostolic Vicariate of Buta (lost territory to establish Apostolic Prefecture of Bondo)
1926.07.28Apostolic Prefecture of Basankusu was established (from Apostolic Vicariate of Nouvelle-Anvers)
1926.12.14Apostolic Vicariate of Uélé Orientale was renamed as Apostolic Vicariate of Niangara
1928.03.29Apostolic Prefecture of Kwango was promoted as Apostolic Vicariate of Kwango
1929.12.26Apostolic Vicariate of Kivu was established (from Apostolic Vicariate of Haut-Congo)
1930.07.14Apostolic Prefecture of Matadi was promoted as Apostolic Vicariate of Matadi
1931.01.03Mission sui juris of Bikoro was established (from Apostolic Vicariate of Léopoldville and Apostolic Prefecture of Coquilhatville)
1931.04.01Apostolic Vicariate of Kisantu was established (from Apostolic Vicariate of Kwango)
1932.03.15Apostolic Prefecture of Coquilhatville was promoted as Apostolic Vicariate of Coquilhatville
1932.03.22Apostolic Prefecture of Katanga was promoted as Apostolic Vicariate of Katanga
1933.12.16Apostolic Prefecture of Lac Albert was promoted as Apostolic Vicariate of Lac Albert
1934.02.26Apostolic Vicariate of Boma was established (from Apostolic Vicariate of Léopoldville)
1934.02.26Apostolic Prefecture of Lulua Katanga was promoted as Apostolic Vicariate of Lulua Katanga
1934.04.09Mission sui juris of Beni in Belgian Congo was established (from Apostolic Vicariate of Stanley Falls)
1935.01.28Apostolic Vicariate of Kwango lost territory to Apostolic Vicariate of Kisantu
1935.01.28Apostolic Prefecture of Ubangui belge was promoted as Apostolic Vicariate of Ubangui belge
1935.06.18Apostolic Prefecture of Northern Katanga was promoted as Apostolic Vicariate of Northern Katanga
1936.01.27Apostolic Vicariate of Nouvelle-Anvers was renamed as Apostolic Vicariate of Lisala
1936.05.18Apostolic Prefecture of Tshumbe was established (from Apostolic Vicariate of Kasaï Supérieur)
1937.02.22Apostolic Prefecture of Lolo was established (from Apostolic Vicariate of Buta)
1937.04.13Apostolic Prefecture of Ipamu was established (from Apostolic Vicariate of Kasaï Supérieur and Apostolic Vicariate of Kwango)
1937.12.02Apostolic Prefecture of Bondo was promoted as Apostolic Vicariate of Bondo
1938.02.09Mission sui juris of Beni in Belgian Congo was promoted as Apostolic Vicariate of Beni in Belgian Congo
1939.04.25Apostolic Vicariate of Kasaï Supérieur lost territory to Apostolic Prefecture of Ipamu
1939.04.25Apostolic Vicariate of Kwango lost territory to Apostolic Prefecture of Ipamu
1939.07.11Apostolic Vicariate of Haut-Congo was renamed as Apostolic Vicariate of Baudouinville
1939.11.14Apostolic Prefecture of Luapula Supérieur was promoted as Apostolic Vicariate of Sakania
1940.06.25Mission sui juris of Bikoro was promoted as Apostolic Prefecture of Bikoro
1947.03.13Apostolic Prefecture of Tshumbe was promoted as Apostolic Vicariate of Tshumbe
1948.02.12Apostolic Prefecture of Ipamu was promoted as Apostolic Vicariate of Ipamu
1948.07.08Apostolic Prefecture of Basankusu was promoted as Apostolic Vicariate of Basankusu
1948.07.08Apostolic Prefecture of Lac Moero was established (from Apostolic Vicariate of Lulua Katanga)
1948.07.08Apostolic Vicariate of Lulua Katanga was renamed as Apostolic Vicariate of Lulua (lost territory to establish Apostolic Prefecture of Lac Moero)
1949.03.10Apostolic Vicariate of Kasaï Supérieur was renamed as Apostolic Vicariate of Luluabourg
1949.03.10Apostolic Vicariate of Stanley Falls was renamed as Apostolic Vicariate of Stanleyville (lost territory to establish Apostolic Vicariate of Wamba)
1949.03.10Apostolic Vicariate of Wamba was established (from Apostolic Vicariate of Stanley Falls)
1951.03.08Apostolic Vicariate of Northern Katanga was renamed as Apostolic Vicariate of Kongolo
1951.06.14Apostolic Prefecture of Isangi was established (from Apostolic Vicariate of Stanleyville, Apostolic Vicariate of Coquilhatville, Apostolic Vicariate of Basankusu and Apostolic Vicariate of Lisala)
1951.06.14Apostolic Prefecture of Kole was established (from Apostolic Vicariate of Léopoldville and Apostolic Vicariate of Tshumbe)
1952.01.10Apostolic Vicariate of Kivu was renamed as Apostolic Vicariate of Costermansville (lost territory to establish Apostolic Vicariate of Kasongo)
1952.01.10Apostolic Vicariate of Kasongo was established (from Apostolic Vicariate of Kivu and Apostolic Vicariate of Baudouinville)
1953.03.24Apostolic Vicariate of Kabinda was established (from Apostolic Vicariate of Luluabourg)
1953.03.24Apostolic Prefecture of Mweka was established (from Apostolic Vicariate of Luluabourg)
1953.06.29Apostolic Vicariate of Inongo was established (from Apostolic Vicariate of Léopoldville)
1954.01.06Apostolic Vicariate of Costermansville was renamed as Apostolic Vicariate of Bukavu
1955.02.21Apostolic Vicariate of Kwango was renamed as Apostolic Vicariate of Kikwit
1956.04.23Apostolic Vicariate of Kindu was established (from Apostolic Vicariate of Stanleyville and Apostolic Vicariate of Kongolo)
1957.06.28Apostolic Prefecture of Bikoro was promoted as Apostolic Vicariate of Bikoro
1957.07.05Apostolic Prefecture of Kenge was established (from Apostolic Vicariate of Kikwit and Apostolic Vicariate of Kisantu)
1958.02.24Apostolic Prefecture of Doruma was established (from Apostolic Vicariate of Niangara)
1959.04.25Apostolic Vicariate of Luebo was established (from Apostolic Vicariate of Luluabourg)
1959.06.30Apostolic Vicariate of Goma was established (from Apostolic Vicariate of Bukavu)
1959.11.10Apostolic Vicariate of Basankusu was promoted as Diocese of Basankusu
1959.11.10Apostolic Vicariate of Baudouinville was promoted as Diocese of Baudouinville
1959.11.10Apostolic Vicariate of Beni in Belgian Congo was promoted as Diocese of Beni in Congo
1959.11.10Apostolic Vicariate of Bikoro was promoted as Diocese of Bikoro
1959.11.10Apostolic Vicariate of Boma was promoted as Diocese of Boma
1959.11.10Apostolic Vicariate of Bondo was promoted as Diocese of Bondo
1959.11.10Apostolic Vicariate of Bukavu was promoted as Metropolitan Archdiocese of Bukavu
1959.11.10Apostolic Vicariate of Lac Albert was promoted as Diocese of Bunia
1959.11.10Apostolic Vicariate of Buta was promoted as Diocese of Buta
1959.11.10Apostolic Vicariate of Coquilhatville was promoted as Metropolitan Archdiocese of Coquilhatville
1959.11.10Apostolic Vicariate of Katanga was promoted as Metropolitan Archdiocese of Elisabethville
1959.11.10Apostolic Vicariate of Goma was promoted as Diocese of Goma
1959.11.10Apostolic Vicariate of Inongo was promoted as Diocese of Inongo
1959.11.10Apostolic Vicariate of Ipamu was promoted as Diocese of Ipamu
1959.11.10Apostolic Vicariate of Kabinda was promoted as Diocese of Kabinda
1959.11.10Apostolic Vicariate of Lulua was promoted as Diocese of Kamina
1959.11.10Apostolic Vicariate of Kasongo was promoted as Diocese of Kasongo
1959.11.10Apostolic Vicariate of Kikwit was promoted as Diocese of Kikwit
1959.11.10Apostolic Vicariate of Kindu was promoted as Diocese of Kindu
1959.11.10Apostolic Vicariate of Kisantu was promoted as Diocese of Kisantu
1959.11.10Apostolic Vicariate of Kongolo was promoted as Diocese of Kongolo
1959.11.10Apostolic Vicariate of Lisala was promoted as Diocese of Lisala
1959.11.10Apostolic Vicariate of Luebo was promoted as Diocese of Luebo
1959.11.10Apostolic Vicariate of Luluabourg was promoted as Metropolitan Archdiocese of Luluabourg
1959.11.10Apostolic Vicariate of Léopoldville was promoted as Metropolitan Archdiocese of Léopoldville
1959.11.10Apostolic Vicariate of Matadi was promoted as Diocese of Matadi
1959.11.10Apostolic Vicariate of Ubangui belge was promoted as Diocese of Molegbe
1959.11.10Apostolic Vicariate of Niangara was promoted as Diocese of Niangara
1959.11.10Apostolic Vicariate of Sakania was promoted as Diocese of Sakania
1959.11.10Apostolic Vicariate of Stanleyville was promoted as Metropolitan Archdiocese of Stanleyville
1959.11.10Apostolic Vicariate of Tshumbe was promoted as Diocese of Tshumbe
1959.11.10Apostolic Vicariate of Wamba was promoted as Diocese of Wamba
1960.06.20Diocese of Ipamu was renamed as Diocese of Idiofa
1960.07.07Diocese of Beni in Congo was renamed as Diocese of Beni
1961.06.24Diocese of Popokabaka was established (from Diocese of Kisantu)
1961.09.11Diocese of Ikela was established (from Metropolitan Archdiocese of Coquilhatville)
1962.04.16Diocese of Uvira was established (from Metropolitan Archdiocese of Bukavu and Diocese of Kasongo)
1962.07.02Apostolic Prefecture of Isangi was promoted as Diocese of Isangi
1962.07.02Apostolic Prefecture of Lolo was promoted as Diocese of Lolo
1962.07.02Diocese of Mahagi was established (from Diocese of Bunia)
1962.08.24Apostolic Prefecture of Lac Moero was promoted as Diocese of Kilwa
1963.07.06Apostolic Prefecture of Kenge was promoted as Diocese of Kenge
1963.11.22Apostolic Administration of Mbuji-Mayi was established (from Metropolitan Archdiocese of Luluabourg and Diocese of Kabinda)
1964.09.29Apostolic Prefecture of Mweka was promoted as Diocese of Mweka
1964.11.25Diocese of Budjala was established (from Diocese of Lisala)
1966.03.10Diocese of Kabinda lost territory to Diocese of Kamina
1966.03.10Diocese of Kongolo lost territory to Diocese of Kabinda
1966.05.03Apostolic Administration of Mbuji-Mayi was promoted as Diocese of Mbujimayi
1966.05.30Metropolitan Archdiocese of Léopoldville was renamed as Metropolitan Archdiocese of Kinshasa
1966.05.30Metropolitan Archdiocese of Stanleyville was renamed as Metropolitan Archdiocese of Kisangani
1966.05.30Metropolitan Archdiocese of Elisabethville was renamed as Metropolitan Archdiocese of Lubumbashi
1966.05.30Metropolitan Archdiocese of Coquilhatville was renamed as Metropolitan Archdiocese of Mbandaka
1967.02.07Diocese of Beni was renamed as Diocese of Butembo-Beni
1967.06.16Diocese of Ikela was renamed as Diocese of Bokungu–Ikela
1967.09.16Apostolic Prefecture of Kole was promoted as Diocese of Kole
1967.09.26Apostolic Prefecture of Doruma was promoted as Diocese of Doruma
1967.09.26Metropolitan Archdiocese of Luluabourg lost territory to Diocese of Luebo
1967.09.26Diocese of Lwiza was established (from Metropolitan Archdiocese of Luluabourg)
1967.10.30Diocese of Mahagi was renamed as Diocese of Mahagi–Nioka
1970.03.23Diocese of Niangara was renamed as Diocese of Isiro–Niangara
1970.07.03Diocese of Doruma was renamed as Diocese of Doruma–Dungu
1971.03.11Diocese of Kolwezi was established (from Diocese of Kamina)
1971.05.08Diocese of Baudouinville lost territory to Diocese of Kongolo
1971.05.31Diocese of Manono was established (from Diocese of Baudouinville, Diocese of Kilwa and Diocese of Kongolo)
1972.06.14Metropolitan Archdiocese of Luluabourg was renamed as Metropolitan Archdiocese of Kananga
1972.08.22Diocese of Baudouinville was renamed as Diocese of Kalemie–Kirungu
1974.01.12Diocese of Kabinda lost territory to Diocese of Kamina
1975.04.12Diocese of Bikoro was suppressed (to Metropolitan Archdiocese of Mbandaka–Bikoro and Diocese of Inongo)
1975.04.12Metropolitan Archdiocese of Mbandaka was renamed as Metropolitan Archdiocese of Mbandaka–Bikoro (gained territory from the suppressed Diocese of Bikoro)
1977.03.05Metropolitan Archdiocese of Lubumbashi lost territory to Diocese of Sakania–Kipushi
1977.03.05Diocese of Sakania was renamed as Diocese of Sakania–Kipushi (gained territory from Metropolitan Archdiocese of Lubumbashi)
1977.08.04Diocese of Kilwa was renamed as Diocese of Kilwa–Kasenga
2014.01.13Apostolic Exarchate of Western and Central Africa (Maronite Rite) was established
2018.02.28Apostolic Exarchate of Western and Central Africa (Maronite Rite) was promoted as Diocese of Annunciation of Ibadan

as of 2020.07.23

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