Chronology of Catholic Dioceses:Papua New Guinea

See a list of abbreviations used in this list. See also our listing of current ecclesial jurisdictions.

1514
Funchal (established by the Portuguese, see footnote) - Portugal
1533
Goa (detached from Funchal) - India
1558
Malacca (detached from Goa) - Malaysia
1712
Islands of the Indian Ocean (AP, detached from Malacca) - Indian Ocean
1818
Bourbon (AP, new name, previously Islands of the Indian Ocean) - Reunion, Indian Ocean, etc.
1830
South Seas Islands / Oceania / Islands of the Great Ocean (AP, detached from AP Bourbon) - Various countries and territories in Oceania
1836
Western Oceania (AV, detached from AP South Seas Islands) - New Zealand and other territories in Oceania
1844
Melanesia (AV, detached from AV Western Oceania) - New Guinea and other islands in Melanesia
1844
Micronesia (AV, detached from AV Western Oceania) - Gilbert Islands and other islands in Micronesia

1889
New Britain (AV, and new name, previously Melanesia, incorporating part of Melanesia, and all of Micronesia) - (British Papua) New Britain and other parts of Melanesia and Micronesia
1889
New Guinea (AP, detached from the Melanesia) - (British Papua) Papua New Guinea
1890
New Pomerania / Neu-Pommern (AV, new name, previously New Britain AV) - (Bismarck Archipelago) Papua New Guinea
1896
Kaiser-Wilhelms-Land (AP, detached from New Pomerania ??) - (Kaiser-Wilhelms-Land) Papua New Guinea
1898
German Solomon Islands (AP, detached from AV New Pomerania / Neu-Pommern) - (Kaiser-Wilhelms-Land) Papua New Guinea
1904
Northern Solomon Islands (AP, new name, previously AP German Solomon Islands) - (Kaiser-Wilhelms-Land) Papua New Guinea
1913
Eastern Kaiser-Wilhelms-Land (AP, new name, previously Kaiser-Wilhelms-Land) - (Kaiser-Wilhelms-Land) Papua New Guinea
1913
Western Kaiser-Wilhelms-Land (AP, detached from Kaiser-Wilhelms-Land) - (Kaiser-Wilhems-Land) Papua New Guinea
1920
New Guinea (AV) - (Territory of Papua) Papua New Guinea
1922
Central New Guinea (AP, new name, previously Western Kaiser-Wilhelms-Land AP) - (Territory of New Guinea) Papua New Guinea
1922
Eastern New Guinea (AV, new name, previously Eastern Kaiser-Wilhelms-Land AP) - (Territory of New Guinea) Papua New Guinea
1922
Papua (AV, new name, previously [British] New Guinea AV) - (Territory of Papua) Papua New Guinea
1922
Rabaul (AV, new name, previously New Pomerania AV) - (Territory of New Guinea) Papua New Guinea
1930
Northern Solomon Islands (AV) - (Territory of New Guinea) Papua New Guinea
1931
Central New Guinea (AV) - (Territory of New Guinea) Papua New Guinea
1946
Samarai (AP, detached from Papua AV) - (Territory of Papua) Papua New Guinea
1946
Port Moresby (AV, new name, previously Papua AV) - (Territory of Papua) Papua New Guinea
1952
Alexishafen (AV) new name, previously Eastern New Guinea, AV) - (Territory of Papua and New Guinea) Papua New Guinea
1952
Wewak (AV, new name, previously Central New Guinea AV) - (Territory of Papua and New Guinea) Papua New Guinea
1952
Aitape (AP, detached from Wewak AP) - (Territory of Papua and New Guinea) Papua New Guinea
1956
Aitape (AV) - (Territory of Papua and New Guinea) Papua New Guinea
1956
Samarai (AV) - (Territory of Papua and New Guinea) Papua New Guinea
1957
Kavieng (AV, detached from Rabaul) - (Territory of Papua and New Guinea) Papua New Guinea
1958
Mendi (AP, detached from Port Moresby) - (Territory of Papua and New Guinea) Papua New Guinea
1959
Daru (AP, detached from Port Moresby) - (Territory of Papua and New Guinea) Papua New Guinea
1959
Goroka (AV, detached from Alexishafen) - (Territory of Papua and New Guinea) Papua New Guinea
1959
Lae (AV, detached from Alexishafen) - (Territory of Papua and New Guinea) Papua New Guinea
1959
Mount Hagen (AV, detached from Alexishafen, and from Wewak) - (Territory of Papua and New Guinea) Papua New Guinea
1959
Yule Island (detached from Port Moresby) - (Territory of Papua and New Guinea) Papua New Guinea
1963
Vanimo (AP, detached from Aitape) - (Territory of Papua and New Guinea) Papua New Guinea
1965
Mendi (AV) - (Territory of Papua and New Guinea) Papua New Guinea
1966
Aitape (D) - (Territory of Papua and New Guinea) Papua New Guinea
1966
Bereina (new name, previously Yule Island) - (Territory of Papua and New Guinea) Papua New Guinea
1966
Bougainville (D, and new name, previously AV Northern Solomon Islands) - (Territory of Papua and New Guinea) Papua New Guinea
1966
Daru - (Territory of Papua and New Guinea) Papua New Guinea
1966
Goroka - (Territory of Papua and New Guinea) Papua New Guinea
1966
Kavieng - (Territory of Papua and New Guinea) Papua New Guinea
1966
Lae - (Territory of Papua and New Guinea) Papua New Guinea
1966
Madang (Metr., and new name, previously Alexishafen AV) - (Territory of Papua and New Guinea) Papua New Guinea
1966
Mendi - (Territory of Papua and New Guinea) Papua New Guinea
1966
Mount Hagen - (Territory of Papua and New Guinea) Papua New Guinea
1966
Port Moresby (Metr.) - (Territory of Papua and New Guinea) Papua New Guinea
1966
Rabaul (Metr.) - (Territory of Papua and New Guinea) Papua New Guinea
1966
Sideia (D, and new name, previously Samarai AV) - (Territory of Papua and New Guinea) Papua New Guinea
1966
Vanimo - (Territory of Papua and New Guinea) Papua New Guinea
1966
Wewak - (Territory of Papua and New Guinea) Papua New Guinea
1971
Kerema (detached from Bereina, and from Mendi) - (Territory of Papua and New Guinea) Papua New Guinea
1975
Alotau-Sideia (new name, previously Sideia) - Papua New Guinea
1982
Mount Hagen (Metr.) - Papua New Guinea
1982
Kundiawa (detached from Goroka) - Papua New Guinea
1982
Wabag (detached from Mount Hagen) - Papua New Guinea
1987
Daru-Kiunga (new name, previously Daru) - Papua New Guinea
2003
Kimbe (detached from Rabaul) - Papua New Guinea