Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) - On 11 September 2019 the Holy Father erected the Ecclesiastical Province of Díli (East Timor), elevating the Diocese of Dili to Metropolitan Church; which will have as suffragan churches the Dioceses of Baucau and Maliana. The Holy Father appointed first Metropolitan Archbishop His Exc. Mgr. Virgílio do Carmo da Silva, S.D.B., current Bishop of Díli.
The Archdiocese of Díli occupies the central part of East Timor. It covers 4,775 square kilometers, and is divided in 5 districts. The Catholics are 630,176, out of 667,331 inhabitants (94.4%), there are 30 parishes. 149 priests (63 diocesan and 86 religious), 132 non-religious priests, 432 religious women, 98 major seminarians.
The Diocese of Baucau has 322,300 inhabitants, of whom 320,255 are Catholics. 21 parishes, 31 diocesan priests and 34 religious, 214 non-religious priests, 126 religious women, 38 seminarians.
The Diocese of Maliana has 268.822 inhabitants, of whom 267.206 Catholics. There are 11 parishes, 16 diocesan priests and 29 religious, 50 non-religious priests, 89 religious women, 40 seminarians. (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 12/9/2019)