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Mission sui iuris

A mission sui iuris, or in Latin missio sui iuris, also known as an independent mission, is a rare type of Roman Catholic missionary pseudo-diocesan jurisdiction, ranking below an apostolic prefecture, in an area with very few Catholics, often desolate or remote.

The clerical head is styled Ecclesiastical Superior; he can be a regular cleric, bishop, archbishop or even a cardinal, but if of high rank often resides elsewhere (notably, in another diocese or the Vatican) in chief of his primary office.

It can either be exempt (i.e. directly subject to the Holy See, like Apostolic prefectures and Apostolic Vicariates), or suffragan of a Metropolitan Archbishop, hence part of his ecclestiastical province.


  • Current mission(e)s sui iuris 1
  • Former mission(e)s sui iuris 2
  • See also 3
  • External links 4

Current mission(e)s sui iuris

As of July 2015, the only remaining cases — all of the Latin Church — were:

In Asia :

In the Atlantic Ocean:

In the Caribbean:

In Oceania :

Those for which no province is named are exempt, i.e. directly under the Holy See.

Former mission(e)s sui iuris

by continent and (present/colonial) country

(possibly very incomplete)
In Europe
In Asia
In Africa
In Oceania

See also

External links

  • - List of current Missions sui iuris (consulted September 2015)
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