Former Crown colony of the British Empire, at the mouth of the Canton River, China, administered by a governor assisted by an executive and a legislative council. and returned to China on 1 July 1997.
The religious history of Hong Kong is indissolubly connected with that of China.
Ecclesiastically the colony was established as the Prefecture Apostolic of Hong Kong on 22 April 1841, and elevated a Vicariate Apostolic on 4 October 1874, and entrusted to the Seminary of Foreign Missions of Milan.
The Vicariate was elevated to the diocese of Hong Kong on 11 April 1946.
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