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Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur
Archidioecesis Kuala Lumpurensis
Keuskupan Agung Kuala Lumpur
St. John's Cathedral, Kuala Lumpur.jpg
St. John's Cathedral
Location
Country Malaysia
Ecclesiastical province Kuala Lumpur
Coordinates 3°09′00″N 101°41′59″E / 3.14991°N 101.69960°E / 3.14991; 101.69960
Statistics
Area 63,763 km2 (24,619 sq mi)
Population
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2013)
10,811,000
185,617[1] (1.7%)
Parishes 35 [1]
Information
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Latin Rite
Established 25 February 1955
Cathedral St. John's Cathedral
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Metropolitan Archbishop Julian Leow Beng Kim
Suffragans Penang
Malacca-Johor
Vicar General Leonard Lexson
Mitchel Joseph
Emeritus Bishops Murphy Pakiam Archbishop Emeritus (2003-2013)
Anthony Soter Fernandez Archbishop Emeritus (1983-2003)
Website
www.archkl.org

The Roman Catholic Metropolitan Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur (Latin: Archidioecesis Kuala Lumpurensis) is an ecclesiastical territory or diocese of the Roman Catholic Church in Malaysia. It was erected as the Diocese of Kuala Lumpur by Pope Pius XII on 25 February 1955, and was elevated to the rank of a Metropolitan Archdiocese on 18 December 1972, with the suffragan sees of Malacca-Johor and Penang. It also administers the capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur and the states of Selangor, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Terengganu. The archdiocese's Mother Church and thus, seat of its Archbishop, is St. John's Cathedral.

History[edit]

In 1786, the first church was established in Penang. This led to the formation of Vicariate of Siam and Kedah, which expanded towards the entire Malayan Peninsula and Singapore. The Vicariate of Malaya was formed in 1841. The Church of Visitation was founded in 1848 in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan. This is the first known church to be erected in central Malaya. A historical moment was made in 1888, when the Diocese of Malacca was formed. The first church in Kuala Lumpur was dedicated to St John the evangelist in 1883, and would be later known as St. John's Cathedral, the Mother Church of Kuala Lumpur.[2]

In 1955, the Diocese of Malacca became a Metropolitan Archdiocese, with the newly formed Diocese of Penang and Diocese of Kuala Lumpur as its suffragan sees. Bishop Dominic Vendargon was appointed as the first Bishop of Kuala Lumpur, and was ordained in the same year. In 1972, the Diocese of Kuala Lumpur was elevated into an Archdiocese, with the suffragan dioceses of Penang and Malacca-Johor.

In 1983, Archbishop Dominic Vendargon retired. Bishop Anthony Soter Fernandez of Penang was appointed as the 2nd Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur. When he retired in 2003, he was succeeded by Archbishop Murphy Pakiam who was then the Auxiliary Bishop. On 3 July 2014, the Vatican appointed Most Rev Julian Leow as the 4th Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur, after the resignation of Archbishop Emeritus Murphy Pakiam was accepted by Pope Francis in December 2013.[3][4]

List of Bishops and Archbishops of Kuala Lumpur[edit]

List of parishes in the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur[edit]

Inside the Church of Visitation, Seremban
Church of the Divine Mercy, Shah Alam
Church of St Anne, Port Klang, Malaysia

These are the list of parishes in the Archdiocese. Outstations are not listed.

Notes[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 3°09′00″N 101°41′59″E / 3.14991°N 101.69960°E / 3.14991; 101.69960



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