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Changes in Ecclesiastical Circumscriptions

in South Africa

South Africa
DateAscendingChange
1818.06.08Apostolic Vicariate of Cape of Good Hope and adjacent territories was established (from Territorial Prelature of Mozambique and Diocese of Tomé)
1847.07.30Apostolic Vicariate of Cape of Good Hope, Eastern District was established (from Apostolic Vicariate of Cape of Good Hope and adjacent territories)
1847.07.30Apostolic Vicariate of Cape of Good Hope and adjacent territories was renamed as Apostolic Vicariate of Cape of Good Hope, Western District (lost territory to establish Apostolic Vicariate of Cape of Good Hope, Eastern District)
1850.11.15Apostolic Vicariate of Natal was established (from Apostolic Vicariate of Cape of Good Hope, Eastern District)
1874.08.03Apostolic Prefecture of Cape of Good Hope, Central District was established (from Apostolic Vicariate of Cape of Good Hope, Western District)
1885.06.20Apostolic Prefecture of Orange River was established (from Apostolic Prefecture of Cape of Good Hope, Central District)
1886.06.04Apostolic Vicariate of Kimberley in Orange was established (from Apostolic Vicariate of Natal and Apostolic Vicariate of Cape of Good Hope, Eastern District)
1886.06.04Apostolic Prefecture of Transvaal was established (from Apostolic Vicariate of Natal)
1898.05.02Apostolic Prefecture of Orange River was promoted as Apostolic Vicariate of Orange River
1904.09.16Apostolic Prefecture of Transvaal was promoted as Apostolic Vicariate of Transvaal
1910.12.22Apostolic Prefecture of Northern Transvaal was established (from Apostolic Vicariate of Transvaal)
1918Apostolic Vicariate of Kimberley in Orange was renamed as Apostolic Vicariate of Kimberley in South Africa
1921.08.27Apostolic Prefecture of Zululand was established (from Apostolic Vicariate of Natal)
1921.09.10Apostolic Vicariate of Mariannhill was established (from Apostolic Vicariate of Natal)
1923.06.12Apostolic Prefecture of Gariep was established (from Apostolic Vicariate of Cape of Good Hope, Eastern District)
1923.06.12Apostolic Prefecture of Lydenburg was established (from Apostolic Vicariate of Transvaal)
1923.11.26Apostolic Prefecture of Kroonstad was established (from Apostolic Vicariate of Kimberley in South Africa)
1923.12.11Apostolic Prefecture of Zululand was promoted as Apostolic Vicariate of Eshowe
1929.02.20Mission sui juris of Queenstown was established (from Apostolic Vicariate of Cape of Good Hope, Eastern District)
1930.03.30Apostolic Prefecture of Umtata was established (from Apostolic Vicariate of Mariannhill)
1935.04.08Apostolic Prefecture of Kroonstad was promoted as Apostolic Vicariate of Kroonstad
1935.04.08Apostolic Prefecture of Mount Currie was established (from Apostolic Vicariate of Mariannhill)
1936.01.27Apostolic Prefecture of Gariep was promoted as Apostolic Vicariate of Aliwal
1937.04.13Apostolic Prefecture of Umtata was promoted as Apostolic Vicariate of Umtata
1938.03.29Mission sui juris of Queenstown was promoted as Apostolic Prefecture of Queenstown
1939.06.13Apostolic Vicariate of Cape of Good Hope, Western District was renamed as Apostolic Vicariate of Cape Town
1939.06.13Apostolic Prefecture of Cape of Good Hope, Central District was renamed as Apostolic Prefecture of Oudtshoorn
1939.06.13Apostolic Prefecture of Northern Transvaal was promoted as Territorial Abbacy of Pietersburg
1939.06.13Apostolic Vicariate of Cape of Good Hope, Eastern District was renamed as Apostolic Vicariate of Port Elizabeth
1939.07.11Apostolic Prefecture of Mount Currie was promoted as Apostolic Vicariate of Kokstad
1940.07.09Apostolic Vicariate of Orange River was renamed as Apostolic Vicariate of Keimoes
1948.02.12Apostolic Vicariate of Bethlehem was established (from Apostolic Vicariate of Kroonstad)
1948.04.09Apostolic Vicariate of Transvaal was renamed as Apostolic Vicariate of Johannesburg (lost territory to establish Apostolic Vicariate of Pretoria)
1948.04.09Apostolic Vicariate of Pretoria was established (from Apostolic Vicariate of Transvaal and Apostolic Vicariate of Kimberley in South Africa)
1948.04.09Apostolic Prefecture of Queenstown was promoted as Apostolic Vicariate of Queenstown
1948.12.09Apostolic Prefecture of Lydenburg was promoted as Apostolic Vicariate of Lydenburg
1948.12.09Apostolic Prefecture of Oudtshoorn was promoted as Apostolic Vicariate of Oudtshoorn
1951.01.11Apostolic Vicariate of Aliwal was promoted as Diocese of Aliwal (lost territory to establish Metropolitan Archdiocese of Bloemfontein)
1951.01.11Apostolic Vicariate of Bethlehem was promoted as Diocese of Bethlehem
1951.01.11Metropolitan Archdiocese of Bloemfontein was established (from Apostolic Vicariate of Aliwal and Apostolic Vicariate of Kimberley in South Africa)
1951.01.11Apostolic Vicariate of Cape Town was promoted as Metropolitan Archdiocese of Cape Town
1951.01.11Apostolic Vicariate of Natal was promoted as Metropolitan Archdiocese of Durban
1951.01.11Apostolic Vicariate of Eshowe was promoted as Diocese of Eshowe
1951.01.11Apostolic Vicariate of Johannesburg was promoted as Diocese of Johannesburg
1951.01.11Apostolic Vicariate of Keimoes was promoted as Diocese of Keimoes
1951.01.11Apostolic Vicariate of Kimberley in South Africa was promoted as Diocese of Kimberley (lost territory to establish Metropolitan Archdiocese of Bloemfontein)
1951.01.11Apostolic Vicariate of Kokstad was promoted as Diocese of Kokstad
1951.01.11Apostolic Vicariate of Kroonstad was promoted as Diocese of Kroonstad
1951.01.11Apostolic Vicariate of Lydenburg was promoted as Diocese of Lydenburg
1951.01.11Apostolic Vicariate of Mariannhill was promoted as Diocese of Mariannhill
1951.01.11Apostolic Vicariate of Umtata was promoted as Diocese of Mthatha
1951.01.11Apostolic Vicariate of Oudtshoorn was promoted as Diocese of Oudtshoorn
1951.01.11Apostolic Vicariate of Port Elizabeth was promoted as Diocese of Port Elizabeth
1951.01.11Apostolic Vicariate of Pretoria was promoted as Metropolitan Archdiocese of Pretoria
1951.01.11Apostolic Vicariate of Queenstown was promoted as Diocese of Queenstown
1951.05.17Military Vicariate of South African Defence Force was established
1953.03.24Apostolic Prefecture of De Aar was established (from Diocese of Aliwal)
1954.02.21Diocese of Umzimkulu was established (from Diocese of Mariannhill)
1958.06.23Apostolic Prefecture of Volksrust was established (from Metropolitan Archdiocese of Durban, Diocese of Bremersdorp and Diocese of Lydenburg)
1962.11.12Apostolic Prefecture of Ingwavuma was established (from Diocese of Eshowe and Diocese of Manzini)
1962.12.27Apostolic Prefecture of Louis Trichardt was established (from Territorial Abbacy of Pietersburg)
1964.09.13Diocese of Lydenburg was renamed as Diocese of Lydenburg–Witbank
1965.10.14Apostolic Prefecture of Western Transvaal was established (from Diocese of Johannesburg)
1967.04.13Apostolic Prefecture of De Aar was promoted as Diocese of De Aar
1971.06.28Apostolic Prefecture of Rustenburg was established (from Metropolitan Archdiocese of Pretoria)
1972.11.16Apostolic Prefecture of Louis Trichardt was promoted as Diocese of Louis Trichardt–Tzaneen
1978.02.27Apostolic Prefecture of Western Transvaal was promoted as Diocese of Klerksdorp
1982.11.19Apostolic Prefecture of Volksrust was promoted as Diocese of Dundee
1985.02.08Diocese of Keimoes was renamed as Diocese of Keimoes–Upington
1986.07.21Military Vicariate of South African Defence Force was promoted as Military Ordinariate of South African Defence Force
1987.07.18Diocese of Louis Trichardt–Tzaneen was renamed as Diocese of Tzaneen
1987.11.10Diocese of Lydenburg–Witbank was renamed as Diocese of Witbank
1987.11.18Apostolic Prefecture of Rustenburg was promoted as Diocese of Rustenburg
1988.12.15Territorial Abbacy of Pietersburg was promoted as Diocese of Pietersburg
1990.11.19Apostolic Prefecture of Ingwavuma was promoted as Apostolic Vicariate of Ingwavuma
2007.06.05Diocese of Johannesburg was promoted as Metropolitan Archdiocese of Johannesburg
2009.09.04Diocese of Pietersburg was renamed as Diocese of Polokwane

as of 2020.01.05

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