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Vicariate Apostolic of Vientiane

Vicariatus Apostolicus Vientianensis

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  • Louis-Marie Ling Mangkhanekhoun, I.V.Dei, Cardinal, Vicar Apostolic
  • Jean Khamsé Vithavong, O.M.I., Vicar Apostolic Emeritus

General Information

  • Type of Jurisdiction: Vicariate Apostolic
  • Elevated: 13 March 1952
  • Vicariate
  • Depends on: Dicastery for Evangelization
  • Rite: Latin (or Roman)
  • Country: Lao People’s Democratic Republic
  • Square Kilometers: 74,195 (28,657 Square Miles)
  • Mailing Address: Centre Catholique, B.P. 113, Vientiane, Laos
  • Telephone: (020)552.56.018
  • Fax: (021)21.62.19

Historical Details

Past and Present Ordinaries

Historical Summary

Prefecture Apostolic of Vientiane e Luang-Prabang
14 June 1938ErectedVicariate Apostolic of Laos (Vientiane, Xieng-Khuang (or Tran-Ninh), Luang-Prabang, Huei-Sai (or Eaut-Melcong), and the Fifth Military Territory or Phong-Sali) Prefecture Apostolic of Vientiane e Luang-Prabang (erected)
Vicariate Apostolic of Vientiane
13 March 1952ElevatedPrefecture Apostolic of Vientiane e Luang-Prabang Vicariate Apostolic of Vientiane (and name change)
14 February 1958Territory AddedVicariate Apostolic of Thanh Hóa (Sam-Neua) Vicariate Apostolic of Vientiane
1 March 1963Territory LostVicariate Apostolic of Vientiane Vicariate Apostolic of Luang Prabang (erected)


YearCatholicsTotal PopulationPercent CatholicDiocesan PriestsReligious PriestsTotal PriestsCatholics Per PriestPermanent DeaconsMale ReligiousFemale ReligiousParishesSource
Prefecture Apostolic of Vientiane e Luang-Prabang
Vicariate Apostolic of Vientiane

Note: Any changes in boundaries over time are not indicated in the above table.

Affiliated Bishops, Living

Affiliated Bishops, Deceased


  • Prefecture Apostolic of Vientiane e Luang-Prabang
    • Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 30, Page 403, to Page 405
  • Vicariate Apostolic of Vientiane
    • Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 44, Page 707, and Page 708
    • Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 50, Page 229


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