Catholic Church


Commonwealth of Australia (Australia)


Also known as: Australien (Deutsch), l’Australie (français), Australia (español, Italiano, polski, latine), Austrália (Português), 澳洲 (正體中文), オーストラリア (日本語)

By Type (35)

Metropolitan Sees (Archdioceses) Metr. Archdiocese (5)

Archiepiscopal Sees (Archdioceses) Archdiocese (2)

Episcopal Sees (Dioceses) Diocese (26)

Military Ordinariates Military Ordinariate (1)

Personal Ordinariates Personal Ordinariate (1)

By Rite

Roman Rite (29): Adelaide, Armidale, Ballarat, Bathurst, Brisbane, Broken Bay, Broome, Bunbury, Cairns, Canberra and Goulburn, Darwin, Geraldton, Hobart, Lismore, Maitland–Newcastle, Melbourne, Military Ordinariate of Australia, Parramatta, Perth, Port Pirie, Rockhampton, Sale, Sandhurst, Sydney, Toowoomba, Townsville, Wagga Wagga, Wilcannia–Forbes, Wollongong

Anglican Use (1): Our Lady of the Southern Cross

Chaldean Church (1): Saint Thomas the Apostle of Sydney

Greek-Melkite Church (1): Saint Michael’s of Sydney

Maronite Church (1): Saint Maron of Sydney

Syro-Malabar Church (1): Saint Thomas the Apostle of Melbourne

Ukrainian Church (1): Saints Peter and Paul of Melbourne

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Apostolic Nunciature: Australia Archbishop Charles Daniel Balvo (72)

Conference of Bishops: Australian Catholic Bishops Conference Archbishop Timothy John Costelloe, S.D.B. (70)

International Meeting of Bishops’ Conferences: Federation of Catholic Bishops’ Conferences of Oceania (F.C.B.C.O.) Bishop Anthony Randazzo (57)


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Cathedrals Cathedrals (44)

Basilicas Basilicas (5)

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Patron Saint: Our Lady Help of Christians (May 24)

Saints: 1 Saint

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Continent: Oceania

Capital: Canberra

Area: 7,682,300 km²

Population: 23,232,413

Dependencies: Christmas Island Christmas Island, Cocos Islands Cocos Islands, Heard Island and McDonald Islands Heard Island and McDonald Islands, Norfolk Island Norfolk Island

Neighbouring Countries: Cocos Islands Cocos Islands, ↖ Christmas Island Christmas Island, ↖ Indonesia Indonesia, ↑ Timor-Leste Timor-Leste, ↑ Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea, ↗ Vanuatu Vanuatu, → New Caledonia New Caledonia, ↘ New Zealand New Zealand

Cultural Summary

Religions: Protestant 23.1% (Anglican 13.3%, Uniting Church 3.7%, Presbyterian and Reformed 2.3%, Baptist 1.5%, Pentecostal 1.1%, Lutheran .7%, other Protestant .5%), Roman Catholic 22.6%, other Christian 4.2%, Muslim 2.6%, Buddhist 2.4%, Orthodox 2.3% (Eastern Orthodox 2.1%, Oriental Orthodox .2%), Hindu 1.9%, other 1.3%, none 30.1%, unspecified 9.6%

Languages: English 72.7%, Mandarin 2.5%, Arabic 1.4%, Cantonese 1.2%, Vietnamese 1.2%, Italian 1.2%, Greek 1%, other 14.8%, unspecified 6.5%

Ethnic Groups: English 25.9%, Australian 25.4%, Irish 7.5%, Scottish 6.4%, Italian 3.3%, German 3.2%, Chinese 3.1%, Indian 1.4%, Greek 1.4%, Dutch 1.2%, other 15.8% (includes Australian aboriginal .5%), unspecified 5.4%

Statistics (Australia, Christmas Island, Cocos Islands, Heard Island and McDonald Islands, Norfolk Island) (2021.12.31)

Area: 7,741,220 km²

Catholic Population: 7,043,000 Catholics (27.4% of 25,738,000 total)

Pastoral Centres: 1,353 parishes, 3 mission stations (without resident priest), 432 other centres

Clergy: 71 bishops (31 diocesan, 40 titular), 2,861 priests (1,784 diocesan, 1,077 religious), 191 permanent deacons (188 diocesan, 3 religious)

Non-Clergy: 4,739 religious (599 brothers, 4,140 sisters), 52 members of secular institutes (sisters), 340 major seminarians, 89 missionaries, 5,908 catechists


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