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Dioceses without Bishops


DioceseTypeDate VacantLast BishopEvent
Thessaloniki, GreeceVicariate Apostolic15 Jul 1929Alessandro GuidatiAppointed, Archbishop of Naxos, Andros, Tinos e Mykonos
Crete {Candia}, GreeceDiocese5 May 1935Lorenzo Giacomo Inglese, O.F.M. Cap. †Appointed, Bishop of Anglona-Tursi
Lviv (Armenian), UkraineArcheparchy4 Dec 1938Józef Teofil TeodorowiczDied
Chios (Scio), GreeceDiocese1 Jul 1939Nikolaos Charichiopoulos (Harikoupoulos)Died
Derna, LibyaVicariate Apostolic21 Jun 1948Giovanni Lucato, S.D.B. †Appointed, Bishop of Isernia e Venafro
Russia (Russian)Apostolic Exarchate1 May 1951Bl. Klymentiy Sheptytskyi, M.S.U. †Died
Istanbul (Constantinople) (Greek), TurkeyApostolic Exarchate28 Jan 1957Denis Leonid VarouhasDied
West Indies, SpainPatriarchate31 Aug 1963Leopoldo Eijo y GarayDied, Bishop of Madrid
Misurata, LibyaPrefecture Apostolic26 Jun 1969Guido Attilio Previtali, O.F.M. †Appointed, Titular Bishop of Sozusa in Libya
Rhodos {Rhodes}, GreeceArchdiocese10 Mar 1970Florido Ambrogio Acciari, O.F.M. †Died
Luang Prabang, LaosVicariate Apostolic29 Nov 1975Alessandro Staccioli, O.M.I.Appointed, Auxiliary Bishop of Siena
Viêt NamDelegation19 Dec 1975Henri LemaîtreAppointed, Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to Uganda
Mogadiscio, SomaliaDiocese9 Jul 1989Pietro Salvatore Colombo, O.F.M. †Died
Kamichlié (Armenian), SyriaEparchy10 Apr 1992Joseph Arnaouti, I.C.P.B.Resigned
Netherlands, MilitaryMilitary Ordinariate13 Mar 1993Ronald Philippe Bär, O.S.B.Resigned
Nuestra Señora del Paraíso en México (Melkite Greek)Eparchy7 Jun 1994Boutros (Pierre) Raï, B.A. †Died
Aqrā {Akra} (Chaldean), IraqDiocese25 Jul 1998Abdul-Ahad Rabban, O.A.O.C. †Died
Greece (Armenian)Ordinariate27 Sep 2000Nechan Karakéhéyan, I.C.P.B.Appointed, Bishop of Ispahan {Esfáan) (Armenian)
Iraq (Melkite Greek)Patriarchal Exarchate 2004Georges El-Murr, B.C.Resigned
Diarbekir (Amida) (Chaldean), TurkeyArcheparchy16 Jan 2005Paul KaratasDied
Argentina, MilitaryMilitary Ordinariate15 May 2007Antonio Juan Baseotto, C.SS.R.Retired
Malakal, South SudanDiocese16 May 2009Vincent Mojwok NyikerRetired
Trondheim, NorwayTerritorial Prelature8 Jun 2009Georg Müller, SS.CC. †Resigned
Le Caire {Cairo} (Chaldean), EgyptEparchy31 Dec 2009Youssef Ibrahim SarrafDied
Chalan Kanoa, Northern Mariana Islands, Pacific (Oceania)Diocese6 Apr 2010Tomas Aguon CamachoRetired
Santa María del Patrocinio en Buenos Aires (Ukrainian), ArgentinaEparchy25 Mar 2011Sviatoslav ShevchukAppointed, Archbishop of Kyiv {Kiev} (Ukrainian)
Papeete, French Polynesia, Pacific (Oceania)Archdiocese31 Mar 2011Hubert CoppenrathRetired
Ahwaz (Chaldean), IranArcheparchy10 Jun 2011Hanna ZoraAppointed, Archbishop (Personal Title) of Mar Addai of Toronto (Chaldean)
Rumbek, South SudanDiocese16 Jul 2011Cesare Mazzolari, M.C.C.I. †Died
Jowai, IndiaDiocese30 Jul 2011Vincent KympatDied
Bondoukou, Côte d’IvoireDiocese6 May 2012Félix KouadjoDied
Torit, South SudanDiocese18 Mar 2013Akio Johnson MutekDied
Lithuania, MilitaryMilitary Ordinariate5 Apr 2013Gintaras Linas GrušasAppointed, Archbishop of Vilnius
San Charbel en Buenos Aires (Maronite), ArgentinaEparchy17 Apr 2013Charbel Georges Merhi, M.L.Retired
Kerema, Papua New GuineaDiocese29 Apr 2013Patrick Taval, M.S.C. †Died
Bettiah, IndiaDiocese3 Jul 2013Victor Henry ThakurAppointed, Archbishop of Raipur
Saitama, JapanDiocese27 Jul 2013Marcellino Taiji TaniResigned
Santa Maria di Grottaferrata (Italo-Albanese), ItalyTerritorial Abbey4 Nov 2013Emiliano Fabbricatore, O.S.B.I.Retired
N’Djaména, ChadArchdiocese19 Nov 2013Matthias N’Gartéri MayadiDied
Farafangana, MadagascarDiocese27 Nov 2013Benjamin Marc Balthason Ramaroson, C.M.Appointed, Archbishop of Antsiranana
Soroti, UgandaDiocese2 Jan 2014Emmanuel Obbo, A.J.Appointed, Archbishop of Tororo
Doba, ChadDiocese30 Jan 2014Michele Russo, M.C.C.I.Resigned
Kidapawan, PhilippinesDiocese15 Mar 2014Romulo Tolentino de la CruzAppointed, Archbishop of Zamboanga
Limburg, GermanyDiocese26 Mar 2014Franz-Peter Tebartz-van ElstResigned
Townsville, AustraliaDiocese28 Mar 2014Michael Ernest PutneyDied
GibraltarDiocese20 May 2014Ralph Heskett, C.SS.R.Appointed, Bishop of Hallam, England
Sintang, IndonesiaDiocese3 Jun 2014Agustinus AgusAppointed, Archbishop of Pontianak
Punto Fijo, VenezuelaDiocese7 Jun 2014Juan María Leonardi VillasmilDied
Ogoja, NigeriaDiocese5 Jul 2014John Ebebe AyahAppointed, Bishop of Uyo
Caravelí, PeruTerritorial Prelature16 Jul 2014Juan Carlos Vera Plasencia, M.S.C.Appointed, Bishop of Peru, Military
Iba, PhilippinesDiocese25 Jul 2014Florentino Galang LavariasAppointed, Archbishop of San Fernando
Hiroshima, JapanDiocese20 Aug 2014Thomas Aquino Manyo MaedaAppointed, Archbishop of Osaka
Mati, PhilippinesDiocese19 Oct 2014Patricio Hacbang AloResigned
Tarma, PeruDiocese28 Oct 2014Richard Daniel Alarcón UrrutiaAppointed, Archbishop of Cuzco
Ebolowa, CameroonDiocese31 Oct 2014Jean MbargaAppointed, Archbishop of Yaoundé
Mbulu, TanzaniaDiocese6 Nov 2014Beatus Kinyaiya, O.F.M. Cap.Appointed, Archbishop of Dodoma
Killaloe, IrelandDiocese22 Nov 2014Kieran O’Reilly, S.M.A.Appointed, Archbishop of Cashel (-Emly)
Cabinda, AngolaDiocese8 Dec 2014Filomeno do Nascimento Vieira DiasAppointed, Archbishop of Luanda
Machakos, KenyaDiocese9 Dec 2014Martin Kivuva MusondeAppointed, Archbishop of Mombasa
Kaolack, SenegalDiocese22 Dec 2014Benjamin NdiayeAppointed, Archbishop of Dakar
AlgeriaNunciature 2015Thomas Yeh Sheng-nanRetired
TunisiaNunciature 2015Thomas Yeh Sheng-nanRetired
Shendam, NigeriaDiocese12 Jan 2015James Naanman Daman, O.S.A. †Died
Mossul (Chaldean), IraqArcheparchy15 Jan 2015Amel Shamon NonaAppointed, Archbishop (Personal Title) of Saint Thomas the Apostle of Sydney (Chaldean)
Ispahan, IranArchdiocese20 Jan 2015Ignazio Bedini, S.D.B.Retired
Aba, NigeriaDiocese8 Feb 2015Vincent Valentine Egwuchukwu Ezeonyia, C.S.Sp. †Died
Ebebiyin, Equatorial GuineaDiocese11 Feb 2015Juan Nsue Edjang MayéAppointed, Archbishop of Malabo
Tanjung Selor, IndonesiaDiocese16 Feb 2015Yustinus Harjosusanto, M.S.F.Appointed, Archbishop of Samarinda
Baní, Dominican RepublicDiocese23 Feb 2015Freddy Antonio de Jesús Bretón MartínezAppointed, Archbishop of Santiago de los Caballeros
Bauchi, NigeriaDiocese21 Mar 2015Malachy John GoltokDied
Great Britain, MilitaryMilitary Ordinariate21 Mar 2015Charles Phillip Richard MothAppointed, Bishop of Arundel and Brighton, England
LibyaNunciature21 Mar 2015Aldo CavalliAppointed, Apostolic Nuncio to Netherlands
Taunggyi, MyanmarArchdiocese12 Apr 2015Matthias U ShweResigned
Petra e Filadelfia (Melkite Greek), JordanArcheparchy14 Apr 2015Yasser Hanna AyyashResigned
Yopal, ColombiaDiocese18 Apr 2015Misael Vacca RamirezAppointed, Bishop of Duitama-Sogamoso
Salt Lake City, Utah, USADiocese27 Apr 2015John Charles WesterAppointed, Archbishop of Santa Fe, New Mexico
SwazilandNunciature22 May 2015Mario Roberto CassariAppointed, Apostolic Nuncio to Malta
Alger, AlgeriaArchdiocese23 May 2015Ghaleb Moussa Abdalla BaderAppointed, Apostolic Nuncio to Pakistan
Caetité, Bahia, BrazilDiocese27 May 2015Guerrino Riccardo BrusatiAppointed, Bishop of Janaúba, Minas Gerais
Ahmedabad, IndiaDiocese12 Jun 2015Thomas Ignatius MacwanAppointed, Archbishop of Gandhinagar
YemenNunciature15 Jun 2015Petar Antun RajičAppointed, Apostolic Nuncio to Angola
Cape VerdeNunciature22 Jun 2015Luis Mariano MontemayorAppointed, Apostolic Nuncio to Congo, Democratic Republic of
Guinea-BissauNunciature22 Jun 2015Luis Mariano MontemayorAppointed, Apostolic Nuncio to Congo, Democratic Republic of
Carapeguá, ParaguayDiocese4 Jul 2015Joaquín Hermes Robledo RomeroAppointed, Bishop of San Lorenzo
Makeni, Sierra LeoneDiocese18 Jul 2015Henry ArunaAppointed, Auxiliary Bishop of Kenema
Málaga-Soatá, ColombiaDiocese24 Jul 2015Víctor Manuel Ochoa CadavidAppointed, Bishop of Cúcuta
Tumaco, ColombiaDiocese25 Jul 2015Gustavo Girón Higuita, O.C.D.Retired
Menorca, SpainDiocese28 Jul 2015Salvador Giménez VallsAppointed, Bishop of Lleida
El Obeid, SudanDiocese15 Aug 2015Michael Didi Adgum MangoriaAppointed, Coadjutor Archbishop of Khartoum
Cajazeiras, Paraiba, BrazilDiocese16 Sep 2015José Gonzalez AlonsoRetired
Cuenca, EcuadorArchdiocese24 Sep 2015Luis Gerardo Cabrera Herrera, O.F.M.Appointed, Archbishop of Guayaquil
Messina-Lipari-Santa Lucia del Mela, ItalyArchdiocese24 Sep 2015Calogero La Piana, S.D.B.Resigned
Azogues, EcuadorDiocese25 Sep 2015Carlos Anibal Altamirano ArgüelloDied
Ituiutaba, Minas Gerais, BrazilDiocese30 Sep 2015Francisco Carlos da SilvaAppointed, Bishop of Lins, Sao Paulo
Roraima, Roraima, BrazilDiocese14 Oct 2015Roque PaloschiAppointed, Archbishop of Porto Velho, Rondonia
Brugge {Bruges}, BelgiumDiocese6 Nov 2015Josef De KeselAppointed, Archbishop of Mechelen-Brussel {Malines-Brussels}
Semarang, IndonesiaArchdiocese10 Nov 2015Johannes Maria Trilaksyanta PujasumartaDied
Alexandria-Cornwall, Ontario, CanadaDiocese12 Nov 2015Marcel DamphousseAppointed, Bishop of Sault Sainte Marie, Ontario
Innsbruck, AustriaDiocese18 Nov 2015Manfred ScheuerAppointed, Bishop of Linz
Tarahumara, Chihuahua, MéxicoDiocese23 Nov 2015Rafael Sandoval Sandoval, M.N.M.Appointed, Bishop of Autlán, Jalisco
Nazaré, Pernambuco, BrazilDiocese25 Nov 2015Severino Batista de França, O.F.M. Cap.Resigned
Assis, Sao Paulo, BrazilDiocese27 Nov 2015José Benedito SimãoDied
Vélez, ColombiaDiocese30 Nov 2015Luis Albeiro Cortés RendónAppointed, Auxiliary Bishop of Pereira
Cristalândia, Goias, BrazilTerritorial Prelature2 Dec 2015Rodolfo Luís WeberAppointed, Archbishop of Passo Fundo, Rio Grande do Sul
KyrgyzstanNunciature5 Dec 2015Miguel Maury BuendíaAppointed, Apostolic Nuncio to Romania
Tiranë-Durrës, AlbaniaArchdiocese7 Dec 2015Rrok Kola MirditaDied
Aachen, GermanyDiocese8 Dec 2015Heinrich MussinghoffRetired
São Carlos, Sao Paulo, BrazilDiocese16 Dec 2015Paulo Sérgio MachadoResigned
Caguas, Puerto RicoDiocese22 Dec 2015Ruben Antonio González Medina, C.M.F.Appointed, Bishop of Ponce
Oeiras, Piaui, BrazilDiocese6 Jan 2016Juarez Sousa Da SilvaAppointed, Coadjutor Bishop of Parnaíba, Piaui
Mannar, Sri LankaDiocese14 Jan 2016Rayappu JosephRetired
Lucera-Troia, ItalyDiocese15 Jan 2016Domenico CornacchiaAppointed, Bishop of Molfetta-Ruvo-Giovinazzo-Terlizzi
Regina, Saskatchewan, CanadaArchdiocese15 Jan 2016Daniel Joseph BohanDied
Santa Cruz do Sul, Rio Grande do Sul, BrazilDiocese20 Jan 2016Canísio KlausAppointed, Bishop of Sinop, Mato Grosso
Moosonee, Ontario, CanadaDiocese2 Feb 2016Vincent Cadieux, O.M.I.Retired
San Miguel, El SalvadorDiocese9 Feb 2016Miguel Ángel Morán AquinoAppointed, Bishop of Santa Ana
Christchurch, New ZealandDiocese13 Feb 2016Barry Philip JonesDied
Russian FederationNunciature13 Feb 2016Ivan JurkovičAppointed, Permanent Observer to United Nations Office and Specialized Agencies in Geneva
UzbekistanNunciature13 Feb 2016Ivan JurkovičAppointed, Permanent Observer to United Nations Office and Specialized Agencies in Geneva
Benghazi, LibyaVicariate Apostolic14 Feb 2016Sylvester Carmel Magro, O.F.M.Retired
Chinhoyi, ZimbabweDiocese17 Feb 2016Dieter Bernd Scholz, S.J.Retired
Campo Maior, Piaui, BrazilDiocese2 Mar 2016Eduardo ZielskiAppointed, Bishop of São Raimundo Nonato, Piaui
Groningen-Leeuwarden, NetherlandsDiocese5 Mar 2016Gerard Johannes Nicolaus de KorteAppointed, Bishop of ’s Hertogenbosch (Bois-le-Duc)
Mbandaka-Bikoro, Congo (Dem. Rep.)Archdiocese6 Mar 2016Joseph Kumuondala MbimbaDied
Clermont, FranceArchdiocese17 Mar 2016Hippolyte Louis Jean SimonResigned
Solomon IslandsNunciature19 Mar 2016Michael Wallace BanachAppointed, Apostolic Nuncio to Sénégal
Franceville, GabonDiocese24 Mar 2016Timothée Modibo-NzockenaDied
TanzaniaNunciature5 Apr 2016Francisco Montecillo PadillaAppointed, Apostolic Nuncio to Kuwait
Keta-Akatsi, GhanaDiocese7 Apr 2016Anthony Kwami AdanutyRetired
Osma-Soria, SpainDiocese8 Apr 2016Gerardo Melgar ViciosaAppointed, Bishop of Ciudad Real
Matehuala, San Luís Potosí, MéxicoDiocese9 Apr 2016Lucas Martínez LaraDied
Plasencia, SpainDiocese9 Apr 2016Amadeo Rodríguez MagroAppointed, Bishop of Jaén
MéxicoNunciature12 Apr 2016Christophe Louis Yves Georges PierreAppointed, Apostolic Nuncio to United States of America
Camagüey, CubaArchdiocese26 Apr 2016Juan de la Caridad García RodríguezAppointed, Archbishop of San Cristobal de la Habana
Matamoros, Tamaulipas, MéxicoDiocese26 Apr 2016Ruy Rendón LealAppointed, Archbishop of Hermosillo, Sonora
Saint George’s in Grenada, Grenada, AntillesDiocese26 Apr 2016Vincent Matthew Darius, O.P. †Died
Tricarico, ItalyDiocese28 Apr 2016Vincenzo Carmine OrofinoAppointed, Bishop of Tursi-Lagonegro
Mandeville, Jamaica, AntillesDiocese29 Apr 2016Neil Edward Tiedemann, C.P.Appointed, Auxiliary Bishop of Brooklyn, New York
Pangkal-Pinang, IndonesiaDiocese29 Apr 2016Hilarius Moa Nurak, S.V.D. †Died
Saint John’s-Basseterre, Virgin Islands (British), AntillesDiocese29 Apr 2016Kenneth David Oswin RichardsAppointed, Archbishop of Kingston in Jamaica
Raiganj, IndiaDiocese30 Apr 2016Alphonsus Flavian D’Souza, S.J. †Died
Floriano, Piaui, BrazilDiocese4 May 2016Valdemir Ferreira dos SantosAppointed, Bishop of Amargosa, Bahia
Parma (Ruthenian), Ohio, USAEparchy7 May 2016John Michael KudrickResigned
Saint Peter the Apostle of San Diego (Chaldean), USAEparchy7 May 2016Sarhad Yawsip Hermiz JammoRetired
Saints Cyril and Methodius of Toronto (Slovakian), CanadaEparchy7 May 2016John Stephen Pažak, C.SS.R.Appointed, Bishop of Holy Protection of Mary of Phoenix (Ruthenian), Arizona
Awasa, EthiopiaVicariate Apostolic12 May 2016Giovanni Migliorati, M.C.C.I. †Died
Teruel y Albarracín, SpainDiocese13 May 2016Carlos Manuel Escribano SubíasAppointed, Bishop of Calahorra y La Calzada-Logroño
Mainz, GermanyDiocese16 May 2016Karl LehmannRetired
Szombathely, HungaryDiocese17 May 2016András VeresAppointed, Bishop of Győr (Raab)
Imperatriz, Maranho, BrazilDiocese18 May 2016Gilberto Pastana de OliveiraAppointed, Coadjutor Bishop of Crato, Ceara
Sapë, AlbaniaDiocese22 May 2016Lucjan AvgustiniDied
Kabankalan, PhilippinesDiocese24 May 2016Patricio Abella Buzon, S.D.B.Appointed, Bishop of Bacolod
Note: China was intentionally excluded from this table. This table was last updated on 24 May 2016.

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