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Changes in Ecclesiastical Circumscriptions

in Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea
DateAscendingChange
1844.07.16Apostolic Vicariate of Melanesia was established (from Apostolic Vicariate of New Zealand)
1889.05.10Apostolic Vicariate of Melanesia was renamed as Apostolic Vicariate of New Britain (gained territory from the suppressed Apostolic Vicariate of Micronesia, and lost territory to establish Apostolic Vicariate of New Guinea)
1889.05.10Apostolic Vicariate of New Guinea was established (from Apostolic Vicariate of Melanesia)
1890.12.08Apostolic Vicariate of New Britain was renamed as Apostolic Vicariate of New Pomerania
1896.02.24Apostolic Prefecture of Kaiser-Wilhelms-Land was established (from Apostolic Vicariate of New Pomerania)
1898.05.23Apostolic Prefecture of German Solomon Islands was established (from Apostolic Vicariate of New Pomerania)
1904.01.21Apostolic Prefecture of German Solomon Islands was renamed as Apostolic Prefecture of Northern Solomon Islands
1913.07.25Apostolic Prefecture of Kaiser-Wilhelms-Land was renamed as Apostolic Prefecture of Eastern Kaiser-Wilhelms-Land (lost territory to establish Apostolic Prefecture of Western Kaiser-Wilhelms-Land)
1913.07.25Apostolic Prefecture of Western Kaiser-Wilhelms-Land was established (from Apostolic Prefecture of Kaiser-Wilhelms-Land)
1922.11.14Apostolic Prefecture of Western Kaiser-Wilhelms-Land was renamed as Apostolic Prefecture of Central New Guinea
1922.11.14Apostolic Vicariate of New Guinea was renamed as Apostolic Vicariate of Papua
1922.11.14Apostolic Vicariate of New Pomerania was renamed as Apostolic Vicariate of Rabaul
1922.11.23Apostolic Prefecture of Eastern Kaiser-Wilhelms-Land was promoted as Apostolic Vicariate of Eastern New Guinea
1930.05.31Apostolic Prefecture of Northern Solomon Islands was promoted as Apostolic Vicariate of Northern Solomon Islands
1931.08.22Apostolic Prefecture of Central New Guinea was promoted as Apostolic Vicariate of Central New Guinea
1938.03.29Apostolic Vicariate of Papua lost territory to Diocese of Darwin
1946.06.13Apostolic Vicariate of Papua was renamed as Apostolic Vicariate of Port Moresby (lost territory to establish Apostolic Prefecture of Samarai)
1946.06.13Apostolic Prefecture of Samarai was established (from Apostolic Vicariate of Papua)
1952.05.15Apostolic Prefecture of Aitape was established (from Apostolic Vicariate of Central New Guinea)
1952.05.15Apostolic Vicariate of Eastern New Guinea was renamed as Apostolic Vicariate of Alexishafen
1952.05.15Apostolic Vicariate of Central New Guinea was renamed as Apostolic Vicariate of Wewak (lost territory to establish Apostolic Prefecture of Aitape)
1956.11.11Apostolic Prefecture of Aitape was promoted as Apostolic Vicariate of Aitape
1956.11.11Apostolic Prefecture of Samarai was promoted as Apostolic Vicariate of Samarai
1957.07.05Apostolic Vicariate of Kavieng was established (from Apostolic Vicariate of Rabaul)
1958.11.13Apostolic Prefecture of Mendi was established (from Apostolic Vicariate of Port Moresby)
1959.06.18Apostolic Vicariate of Goroka was established (from Apostolic Vicariate of Alexishafen)
1959.06.18Apostolic Vicariate of Lae was established (from Apostolic Vicariate of Alexishafen)
1959.06.18Apostolic Vicariate of Mount Hagen was established (from Apostolic Vicariate of Alexishafen and Apostolic Vicariate of Wewak)
1959.07.16Apostolic Prefecture of Daru was established (from Apostolic Vicariate of Port Moresby)
1959.07.16Apostolic Vicariate of Yule Island was established (from Apostolic Vicariate of Port Moresby)
1963.09.13Apostolic Prefecture of Vanimo was established (from Apostolic Vicariate of Aitape)
1965.07.06Apostolic Prefecture of Mendi was promoted as Apostolic Vicariate of Mendi
1966.11.15Apostolic Vicariate of Aitape was promoted as Diocese of Aitape
1966.11.15Apostolic Vicariate of Yule Island was promoted as Diocese of Bereina
1966.11.15Apostolic Vicariate of Northern Solomon Islands was promoted as Diocese of Bougainville
1966.11.15Apostolic Prefecture of Daru was promoted as Diocese of Daru
1966.11.15Apostolic Vicariate of Goroka was promoted as Diocese of Goroka
1966.11.15Apostolic Vicariate of Kavieng was promoted as Diocese of Kavieng
1966.11.15Apostolic Vicariate of Lae was promoted as Diocese of Lae
1966.11.15Apostolic Vicariate of Alexishafen was promoted as Metropolitan Archdiocese of Madang
1966.11.15Apostolic Vicariate of Mendi was promoted as Diocese of Mendi
1966.11.15Apostolic Vicariate of Mount Hagen was promoted as Diocese of Mount Hagen
1966.11.15Apostolic Vicariate of Port Moresby was promoted as Metropolitan Archdiocese of Port Moresby
1966.11.15Apostolic Vicariate of Rabaul was promoted as Metropolitan Archdiocese of Rabaul
1966.11.15Apostolic Vicariate of Samarai was promoted as Diocese of Sideia
1966.11.15Apostolic Prefecture of Vanimo was promoted as Diocese of Vanimo
1966.11.15Apostolic Vicariate of Wewak was promoted as Diocese of Wewak
1971.01.16Diocese of Kerema was established (from Diocese of Bereina and Diocese of Mendi)
1975.04.28Diocese of Sideia was renamed as Diocese of Alotau–Sideia
1982.03.18Diocese of Mount Hagen was promoted as Metropolitan Archdiocese of Mount Hagen (lost territory to establish Diocese of Wabag)
1982.03.18Diocese of Wabag was established (from Diocese of Mount Hagen)
1982.06.08Diocese of Kundiawa was established (from Diocese of Goroka)
1987.09.04Diocese of Daru was renamed as Diocese of Daru–Kiunga
2003.07.04Diocese of Kimbe was established (from Metropolitan Archdiocese of Rabaul)

as of 2021.07.07

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