Mission, 1; parishes, 11; priests, 8 (1 dioc., 7 rel.); bros., 1; srs., 4; bap., 27; Caths., 30,000; tot. pop., 4,950,000.
Independent republic bordering China; former Soviet republic; capital, Bishkek (former name, Frunze). Most of the people are Sunni Muslim. Established diplomatic relations with the Holy See in August 1992.
(The above exert comes from Our Sunday Visitor's 2004 Catholic Almanac and is used on this web site with the publisher's permission.)