The Catholic diocese of Hong Kong is one of the largest Chinese Catholic dioceses in the world.
The Catholic Church in Hong Kong was established as an apostolic prefecture on April 22, 1841.
It became an apostolic vicariate on October 4, 1874, and was made a diocese on April 11, 1946.
Located in Guangdong province, southeast China, Hong Kong had been a British colony for almost 150 years until it became a Special Administrative Region of China after its reversion to China on July 1, 1997.
Within its 1,102 square kilometers, Hong Kong has a large foreign population of about 529,870. The top three nationalities are from the Philippines, Indonesia and the United States. Chinese and English are the official languages, and Cantonese is most commonly spoken Chinese dialect. Under the Basic Law, the mini-constitution that took effect upon reversion to China, the Special Administrative Region enjoys a high degree of autonomy except in defense and foreign affairs. Hong Kong exercises executive, legislative, independent judicial power, including that of final adjudication.
According to the Basic Law, the Chief Executive is selected by election or through consultations held locally and is appointed by the Central People's Government.
Hong Kong is a major trading and financial center of the world. It is also a large exporter of services, including civil aviation, shipping, travel and tourism, trade-related services, and various financial and banking services. It is one of the world's top exporters of garments, watches and clocks, toys, games, electronic products and certain light industrial products.
The website of Hong Kong Diocese is located at: www.catholic.org.hk