Bishop of pyongyang

Diocese of Pyongyang
Dioecesis Pyeongyangensis
Country North Korea
Ecclesiastical province Archdiocese of Seoul
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Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Roman Rite
Established Prefecture apostolic on 17 March 1927, Vicariate apostolic on 11 July 1939, Diocese on 10 March 1962
Cathedral Changchung Cathedral
Current leadership
Bishop Francis Hong Yong-ho, Bishop of Pyongyang
Metropolitan Archbishop Andrew Yeom Soo-jung, Archdiocese of Seoul
Apostolic Administrator Andrew Yeom Soo-jung, Archdiocese of Seoul

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Pyongyang is a diocese of the Latin Rite of the Roman Catholic Church in North Korea. Its last official bishop, Francis Hong Yong-ho, was imprisoned in 1949 and later disappeared. The Archbishop of Seoul acts as the Apostolic Administrator in Pyongyang, as religion is suppressed in North Korea.


The dioceses was originally erected as the Prefecture Apostolic of Hpyeng-yang on 17 March 1927, and renamed as the Prefecture Apostolic of Peng-yang on 17 March 1929. It was elevated as the Vicariate Apostolic of Heijo on 11 July 1939, and renamed the Vicariate Apostolic of Pyong-Yang on 12 July 1950. It was elevated further as the Diocese of Pyongyang on 10 March 1962.[1][2]

Past and present ordinaries

Prefects Apostolic of Hpyeng-yang [1][2]
  • Monsignor Patrick Joseph Byrne, M.M. (appointed 9 November 1927 – title changed to Prefect Apostolic of Peng-yang on 17 March 1929)
Prefects Apostolic of Peng-yang [1][2]
  • Monsignor Patrick Joseph Byrne, M.M. (appointed on 17 March 1929 – resigned on 12 August 1929 )
  • Monsignor John Edward Morris, M.M. (appointed on 1 April 1930 – resigned on 31 July 1936)
Vicars-Apostolic of Heijō [1][2]
  • Bishop William O'Shea, M.M. (appointed on 11 July 1939 – resigned on 27 February 1945)
  • Bishop Francis Hong Yong-ho (appointed on 24 March 1944 – title changed to vicar-apostolic of Pyongyang on 12 July 1950)
Vicars-Apostolic of Pyongyang [1][2]
  • Bishop Francis Hong Yong-ho (appointed on 12 July 1950 – appointed bishop of Pyongyang on 10 March 1962)
Bishops of Pyongyang [1][2]
  • Monsignor George Carroll, M.M (Apostolic Administrator 1962–1975)
  • Cardinal Stephen Kim Sou-hwan (Apostolic Administrator 1975–1998)
  • Cardinal Nicolas Cheong Jin-Suk (Apostolic Administrator 1998–2012)
  • Archbishop Andrew Yeom Soo-jung (Apostolic Administrator 2012-present)


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