Roman Catholic Diocese of Naha

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Naha[1](Latin: Nahana, Japanese: カトリック那覇教区) is a Latin suffragan diocese in the Ecclesiastical province of the Metropolitan Archbishop of Nagasaki 長崎, in southern Japan.

Its cathedral episcopal see is the Cathedral of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Kainan Church), located in the city of Naha (on and administrative capital of Okinawa).

Diocese of Naha

Dioecesis Nahana

Ecclesiastical provinceNagasaki 長崎
MetropolitanNagasaki 長崎
Area2,266 km2 (875 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2004)
6,118 (0.5%)
RiteLatin Rite
Established18 December 1972
CathedralCathedral of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Naha, Okinawa
Current leadership
BishopP. Wayne Berndt, O.F.M. Cap.
Metropolitan ArchbishopJoseph Mitsuaki Takami
Bishops emeritusPeter Baptist Tadamaro Ishigami Bishop Emeritus (1973-1997) Berard Toshio Oshikawa, O.F.M. Conv. Bishop Emeritus (1997-2017)
Website of the Diocese
Roman Catholic Diocese of Naha


  • Established in 1947 as Apostolic Administration of Okinawa and the Southern Islands alias of (the) Ryukyus, an exempt missionary pre-diocesan jurisdiction, on territory split off from the then Apostolic Prefecture of Kagoshima 鹿児島 (now a diocese in the same province).
  • Promoted on December 18, 1972 as Diocese of Naha, after its see.


All Roman Rite, members of a Latin congregation

Apostolic Administrators of Okinawa and the Southern Islands
Suffragan Bishops of Naha
  • Peter Baptist Tadamaro Ishigami, (ペトロ・バプティスタ石神忠真郎), O.F.M. Cap. (18 December 1972 – 24 January 1997 retired)
  • Berard Toshio Oshikawa, (ベラルド押川壽夫), O.F.M. Conv. (24 January 1997 – 9 December 2017 retired)
  • Wayne Francis Berndt, O.F.M. Cap. (9 December 2017 - )

See also


  1. ^ Diocese of Naha

Sources and external links

Coordinates: 26°12′44″N 127°40′45″E / 26.21222°N 127.67917°E

Administration of Ryukyu Islands

Administration of Ryukyu( Island)s may refer to the following (historical) jurisdictions,

on the Ryukyu Islands in southern Japan :

United States Civil Administration of the Ryukyu Islands

Apostolic Administration of Ryukyus (now Roman Catholic Diocese of Naha)

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Naha (那覇市, Naha-shi, Japanese: [naꜜha], Okinawan: Naafa) is the capital city of the Okinawa Prefecture, the southernmost prefecture of Japan.

As of 1 June 2019, the city has an estimated population of 317,405 and a population density of 7,939 persons per km². The total area is 39.98 km².

Naha is a city on the East China Sea coast of the southern part of Okinawa Island, the largest of Okinawa Prefecture. The modern city was officially founded on May 20, 1921. Before that, Naha had been for centuries one of the most important and populous sites in Okinawa.

Naha is the political, economic and education center of Okinawa Prefecture. In the medieval and early modern periods, it was the commercial center of the Ryūkyū Kingdom.

Ryukyu Islands

The Ryukyu Islands (琉球諸島, Ryūkyū-shotō), also known as the Nansei Islands (南西諸島, Nansei-shotō, lit. "Southwest Islands") or the Ryukyu Arc (琉球弧, Ryūkyū-ko), are a chain of Japanese islands that stretch southwest from Kyushu to Taiwan: the Ōsumi, Tokara, Amami, Okinawa, and Sakishima Islands (further divided into the Miyako and Yaeyama Islands), with Yonaguni the westernmost. The larger are mostly high islands and the smaller mostly coral. The largest is Okinawa Island.

The climate of the islands ranges from humid subtropical climate (Köppen climate classification Cfa) in the north to tropical rainforest climate (Köppen climate classification Af) in the south. Precipitation is very high and is affected by the rainy season and typhoons. Except the outlying Daitō Islands, the island chain has two major geologic boundaries, the Tokara Strait (between the Tokara and Amami Islands) and the Kerama Gap (between the Okinawa and Miyako Islands). The islands beyond the Tokara Strait are characterized by their coral reefs.

The Ōsumi and Tokara Islands, the northernmost of the islands, fall under the cultural sphere of the Kyushu region of Japan; the people are ethnically Japanese and speak a variation of the Kagoshima dialect of Japanese. The Amami, Okinawa, Miyako, and Yaeyama Islands have a native population collectively called the Ryukyuan people, named for the former Ryukyu Kingdom that ruled them. The varied Ryukyuan languages are traditionally spoken on these islands, and the major islands have their own distinct languages. In modern times, the Japanese language is the primary language of the islands, with the Okinawan Japanese dialect prevalently spoken. The outlying Daitō Islands were uninhabited until the Meiji period, when their development was started mainly by people from the Izu Islands south of Tokyo, with the people there speaking the Hachijō language.

Administratively, the islands are divided into Kagoshima Prefecture (specifically the islands administered by Kagoshima District, Kumage Subprefecture/District, and Ōshima Subprefecture/District) in the north and Okinawa Prefecture in the south, with the divide between the Amami and Okinawa Islands, with the Daitō Islands part of Okinawa Prefecture. The northern (Kagoshima) islands are collectively called the Satsunan Islands, while the southern part of the chain (Okinawa Prefecture) are called the Ryukyu Islands in Chinese.


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