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Erected in 1890; there are about 6,000,000 inhabitants; the mission is entrusted to the Franciscan Fathers. The present vicar Apostolic is the Rt. Rec. Mgr. Oderic Timmer, titular Bishop of Drusipare, born 18 October, 1859, consecrated 20 July, 1901. He resides at Lu-an-fu. In 1903 the mission numbered: 21 European Franciscan Fathers; 5 native priests; 10,300 Catholics; 9,200 catechumens ; 94 churches and chapels. In 19190 there were: 24 European Franciscan Fathers; 6 native priests; 15,003 Catholics ; 9,230 catechumens ; 183 churches and chapels.

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