Church in Brunei
  • Capital:
  • Bandar Seri Begawan
  • Population:
  • 406,000
  • Catholic:
  • 21,000 (5%)
  • Diocese:
  • 1 apostolic vicariate
  • Parish:
  • 3
  • Major religion:
  • Islam 66%, Buddhism 13%, Christianity 10%
Brunei is an Islamic country where Shari’a law regulates life. Evangelism is strictly forbidden and contact with Christians in other countries, the import of Bibles and public celebration of Christmas are banned by decree. Teaching of non-Muslim religions in schools is prohibited and marriages between Christians and Muslims are also prohibited.

The country has some 406,000 people and Christians number some 40,600 people, accounting for some 10% of the population. An estimated 21,000 of are Catholics.The Catholic community in Brunei finds its roots in the ministry of the Missionary Society of St. Joseph (Mill Hill Missionaries).
Throughout the years, the local Church was administered by various ecclesiastical jurisdictions centered in Labuan, Jesselton (now Kota Kinabalu), Kuching and Miri, cities in neighboring Malaysia.

  • Capital:
  • Bandar Seri Begawan
  • Population:
  • 406,000
  • Catholic:
  • 21,000 (5%)
  • Diocese:
  • 1 apostolic vicariate
  • Parish:
  • 3
  • Major religion:
  • Islam 66%, Buddhism 13%, Christianity 10%
The separation of Bruneian territory formerly under the Diocese of Miri-Brunei (now simply known as the Diocese of Miri) created a distinct Bruneian Church. This separated territory was designated as an apostolic prefecture in November 1997, to be headed by then Monsignor Cornelius Sim. This Bruneian priest was the vicar general of Miri-Brunei and its first apostolic prefect.

On Feb. 22, 1998, the Apostolic Prefecture of Brunei Darussalam was established. On Oct. 20, 2004, less than seven years after it was formed, the apostolic prefecture was elevated to an apostolic vicariate. Monsignor Sim was chosen to continue leading the territory as its first apostolic vicar, carrying the dignity of a titular bishop. The official celebrations and Episcopal ordination took place on Jan. 21, 2005.

The apostolic Vicariate of Brunei Darussalam covers the territory of Brunei and is headed by Apostolic Vicar Bishop Cornelius Sim.

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