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Vacant Sees

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)
Bokungu-Ikela, Congo (Dem. Rep.)Diocese9 Nov 2001Joseph Mokobe NdjokuAppointed, Bishop of Basankusu
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
Papeete, French Polynesia, Pacific (Oceania)Archdiocese31 Mar 2011Hubert CoppenrathRetired
Rumbek, South SudanDiocese16 Jul 2011Cesare Mazzolari, M.C.C.I. †Died
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
Farafangana, MadagascarDiocese27 Nov 2013Benjamin Marc Balthason Ramaroson, C.M.Appointed, Archbishop of Antsiranana
Soroti, UgandaDiocese2 Jan 2014Emmanuel Obbo, A.J.Appointed, Archbishop of Tororo
Townsville, AustraliaDiocese28 Mar 2014Michael Ernest PutneyDied
Sintang, IndonesiaDiocese3 Jun 2014Agustinus AgusAppointed, Archbishop of Pontianak
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
Mati, PhilippinesDiocese19 Oct 2014Patricio Hacbang AloResigned
Mbulu, TanzaniaDiocese6 Nov 2014Beatus Kinyaiya, O.F.M. Cap.Appointed, Archbishop of Dodoma
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
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
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
Alger, AlgeriaArchdiocese23 May 2015Ghaleb Moussa Abdalla BaderAppointed, Apostolic Nuncio to Pakistan
Ahmedabad, IndiaDiocese12 Jun 2015Thomas Ignatius MacwanAppointed, Archbishop of Gandhinagar
Carapeguá, ParaguayDiocese4 Jul 2015Joaquín Hermes Robledo RomeroAppointed, Bishop of San Lorenzo
Makeni, Sierra LeoneDiocese18 Jul 2015Henry ArunaAppointed, Auxiliary Bishop of Kenema
Tumaco, ColombiaDiocese25 Jul 2015Gustavo Girón Higuita, O.C.D.Retired
El Obeid, SudanDiocese15 Aug 2015Michael Didi Adgum MangoriaAppointed, Coadjutor Archbishop of Khartoum
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
Assis, Sao Paulo, BrazilDiocese27 Nov 2015José Benedito SimãoDied
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
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
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)
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
Saint George’s in Grenada, Grenada, AntillesDiocese26 Apr 2016Vincent Matthew Darius, O.P. †Died
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
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
Kyiv-Zhytomyr, UkraineDiocese27 May 2016Petro Herkulan Malchuk, O.F.M. †Died
Bayombong, PhilippinesDiocese28 May 2016Ramon Barrera VillenaRetired
Itacoatiara, Amazonas, BrazilTerritorial Prelature9 Jun 2016Carillo Gritti, I.M.C. †Died
RwandaNunciature14 Jun 2016Luciano RussoAppointed, Apostolic Nuncio to Algeria
Tlaxcala, MéxicoDiocese16 Jun 2016Francisco Moreno BarrónAppointed, Archbishop of Tijuana, Baja California Norte
Babahoyo, EcuadorDiocese20 Jun 2016Marcos Aurelio Pérez CaicedoAppointed, Archbishop of Cuenca
Auki, Solomon IslandsDiocese22 Jun 2016Christopher Michael Cardone, O.P.Appointed, Archbishop of Honiara
Jerusalem {Gerusalemme}, PalestinePatriarchate24 Jun 2016Fouad Boutros TwalRetired
Joinville, Santa Catarina, BrazilDiocese2 Jul 2016Irineu Roque SchererDied
San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican RepublicDiocese4 Jul 2016Francisco Ozoria AcostaAppointed, Archbishop of Santo Domingo
Paraíba, BrazilArchdiocese6 Jul 2016Aldo de Cillo Pagotto, S.S.S.Resigned
Daltonganj, IndiaDiocese7 Jul 2016Gabriel Kujur, S.J.Resigned
Central African RepublicNunciature9 Jul 2016Franco CoppolaAppointed, Apostolic Nuncio to México
ChadNunciature9 Jul 2016Franco CoppolaAppointed, Apostolic Nuncio to México
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, CanadaDiocese11 Jul 2016Donald Joseph BolenAppointed, Archbishop of Regina, Saskatchewan
Guarabira, Paraiba, BrazilDiocese13 Jul 2016Francisco de Assis Dantas de LucenaAppointed, Bishop of Nazaré, Pernambuco
Uruguaiana, Rio Grande do Sul, BrazilDiocese13 Jul 2016Aloísio Alberto Dilli, O.F.M.Appointed, Bishop of Santa Cruz do Sul, Rio Grande do Sul
Nampula, MozambiqueArchdiocese25 Jul 2016Tomé Makhweliha, S.C.I.Resigned
Galway and Kilmacduagh, IrelandDiocese29 Jul 2016Martin DrennanResigned
Ossory, IrelandDiocese29 Jul 2016Séamus Freeman, S.A.C.Resigned
IndiaNunciature6 Aug 2016Salvatore PennacchioAppointed, Apostolic Nuncio to Poland
NepalNunciature6 Aug 2016Salvatore PennacchioAppointed, Apostolic Nuncio to Poland
Dallas, Texas, USADiocese15 Aug 2016Kevin Joseph FarrellAppointed, Prefect of Laity, Family and Life
Saint Nicholas of Chicago (Ukrainian), Illinois, USAEparchy16 Aug 2016Richard Stephen SeminackDied
Cametá, Para, BrazilDiocese17 Aug 2016Jesús María Cizaurre Berdonces, O.A.R.Appointed, Bishop of Bragança do Pará
Dédougou, Burkina FasoDiocese19 Aug 2016Judes BicabaDied
Sarh, ChadDiocese20 Aug 2016Edmond DjitangarAppointed, Archbishop of N’Djaména
Gualeguaychú, ArgentinaDiocese31 Aug 2016Jorge Eduardo LozanoAppointed, Coadjutor Archbishop of San Juan de Cuyo
AlbaniaNunciature1 Sep 2016Ramiro Moliner InglésRetired
Wagga Wagga, AustraliaDiocese12 Sep 2016Gerard Joseph HannaResigned
Limoges, FranceDiocese20 Sep 2016François Michel Pierre KalistAppointed, Archbishop of Clermont
Santo Tomé, ArgentinaDiocese21 Sep 2016Hugo Norberto SantiagoAppointed, Bishop of San Nicolás de los Arroyos
Mopti, MaliDiocese22 Sep 2016Georges FonghoroDied
São Luíz de Cáceres, Mato Grosso, BrazilDiocese28 Sep 2016Antônio Emidio Vilar, S.D.B.Appointed, Bishop of São João da Boa Vista, Sao Paulo
Clogher, IrelandDiocese1 Oct 2016Liam Seán MacDaidResigned
Cheyenne, Wyoming, USADiocese4 Oct 2016Paul Dennis EtienneAppointed, Archbishop of Anchorage, Alaska
Crema, ItalyDiocese4 Oct 2016Oscar CantoniAppointed, Bishop of Como
Isabela, PhilippinesTerritorial Prelature4 Oct 2016Martin Sarmiento JumoadAppointed, Archbishop of Ozamiz
Raleigh, North Carolina, USADiocese4 Oct 2016Michael Francis BurbidgeAppointed, Bishop of Arlington, Virginia
NigeriaNunciature12 Oct 2016Augustine KasujjaAppointed, Apostolic Nuncio to Belgium
Nongstoin, IndiaDiocese15 Oct 2016Victor LyngdohAppointed, Bishop of Jowai
Islamabad-Rawalpindi, PakistanDiocese17 Oct 2016Rufin AnthonyDied
Batouri, CameroonDiocese22 Oct 2016Faustin Ambassa Ndjodo, C.I.C.M.Appointed, Archbishop of Garoua
Ciudad Guayana, VenezuelaDiocese25 Oct 2016Mariano José Parra SandovalAppointed, Archbishop of Coro
Thanh Hoá, Viet NamDiocese29 Oct 2016Joseph Nguyên Chi LinhAppointed, Archbishop of Huế
Acapulco, Guerrero, MéxicoArchdiocese5 Nov 2016Carlos Garfias MerlosAppointed, Archbishop of Morelia, Michoacán
Indianapolis, Indiana, USAArchdiocese7 Nov 2016Joseph William Tobin, C.SS.R.Appointed, Archbishop of Newark, New Jersey
Avellino, ItalyDiocese11 Nov 2016Francesco MarinoAppointed, Bishop of Nola
Londrina, Parana, BrazilArchdiocese16 Nov 2016Orlando BrandesAppointed, Archbishop of Aparecida, Sao Paulo
Pensacola-Tallahassee, Florida, USADiocese28 Nov 2016Gregory Lawrence ParkesAppointed, Bishop of Saint Petersburg, Florida
Lages, Santa Catarina, BrazilDiocese30 Nov 2016Irineu Andreassa, O.F.M.Appointed, Bishop of Ituiutaba, Minas Gerais
Guantánamo-Baracoa, CubaDiocese6 Dec 2016Wilfredo Pino EstévezAppointed, Archbishop of Camagüey
Łódź, PolandArchdiocese8 Dec 2016Marek JędraszewskiAppointed, Archbishop of Kraków {Cracow}
Allentown, Pennsylvania, USADiocese9 Dec 2016John Oliver BarresAppointed, Bishop of Rockville Centre, New York
Note: China was intentionally excluded from this table. This table was last updated on 10 Dec 2016.

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