Catholic Church




Also known as: Malaysia (Deutsch), Malasia (español), la Malaisie (français), Malesia (Italiano), Malezja (polski), Malásia (Português), 馬來西亞 (正體中文), マレーシア (日本語), Malæsia (latine)

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Metropolitan Sees (Archdioceses) Metr. Archdiocese (3)

Episcopal Sees (Dioceses) Diocese (6)

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Roman Rite (9): Keningau, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Kuching, Melaka–Johor, Miri, Penang, Sandakan, Sibu

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Apostolic Nunciature: Malaysia Archbishop Wojciech Załuski (64)

Conference of Bishops: Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei (B.C.M.S.B.) Archbishop Julian Leow Beng Kim (60)

International Meeting of Bishops’ Conferences: Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (F.A.B.C.) Cardinal Filipe Neri António Sebastião do Rosário Ferrão (71)

CardinalsCardinals (1 elector/1 total)

Cardinal Sebastian Francis (72)Sebastian Francis (施恩天) (72)

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Roman-Rite Church Shrines in the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy


Saints: 2 Saints

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Continent: South and East Asia

Capital: Kuala Lumpur

Area: 328,657 km²

Population: 31,381,992

Neighbouring Countries: Thailand Thailand, ↗ Philippines Philippines, ↘ Brunei Brunei, ↓ Indonesia Indonesia, ↓ Singapore Singapore

Cultural Summary

Religions: Muslim (official) 61.3%, Buddhist 19.8%, Christian 9.2%, Hindu 6.3%, Confucianism, Taoism, other traditional Chinese religions 1.3%, other 0.4%, none 0.8%, unspecified 1%

Languages: Bahasa Malaysia (official), English, Chinese (Cantonese, Mandarin, Hokkien, Hakka, Hainan, Foochow), Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Panjabi, Thai

Ethnic Groups: Bumiputera 61.7% (Malays and indigenous peoples, including Orang Asli, Dayak, Anak Negeri), Chinese 20.8%, Indian 6.2%, other 0.9%, non-citizens 10.4%

Motto: Bersekutu Bertambah Mutu (Malay) (Unity is Strength)

Statistics (2021.12.31)

Area: 329,758 km²

Catholic Population: 1,292,000 Catholics (4.0% of 32,655,000 total)

Pastoral Centres: 159 parishes, 1,080 mission stations (1 with resident priest, 1,079 without resident priest), 161 other centres

Clergy: 19 bishops (9 diocesan, 10 titular), 326 priests (241 diocesan, 85 religious), 14 permanent deacons (diocesan)

Non-Clergy: 533 religious (58 brothers, 475 sisters), 84 major seminarians, 123 missionaries, 2,857 catechists


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