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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
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
Ispahan {Esfáan) (Armenian), IranEparchy2 Apr 2005Nechan Karakéhéyan, I.C.P.B.Appointed, Ordinary of Eastern Europe {Europa Orientale} (Armenian)
Argentina, MilitaryMilitary Ordinariate15 May 2007Antonio Juan Baseotto, C.SS.R.Retired
Kole, Congo (Dem. Rep.)Diocese30 Oct 2008Stanislas Lukumwena Lumbala, O.F.M.Resigned
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
Anatolia, TurkeyVicariate Apostolic3 Jun 2010Luigi Padovese, O.F.M. Cap. †Died
Dassa-Zoumé, BeninDiocese21 Aug 2010Antoine GanyéAppointed, Archbishop of Cotonou
Kalemie-Kirungu, Congo (Dem. Rep.)Diocese15 Sep 2010Dominique Kimpinde AmandoRetired
Bagdogra, IndiaDiocese12 Mar 2011Thomas D’SouzaAppointed, Coadjutor Archbishop of Calcutta
Uromi, NigeriaDiocese18 Mar 2011Augustine Obiora AkubezeAppointed, Archbishop of Benin City
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)
Jerusalem and Amman {Gerusalemme e Amman} (Armenian), PalestinePatriarchal Exarchate24 Jun 2011Raphaël François Minassian, I.C.P.B.Appointed, Ordinary of Eastern Europe {Europa Orientale} (Armenian)
Isangi, Congo (Dem. Rep.)Diocese8 Jul 2011Camille Lembi Zaneli (Zanelli)Died
Rumbek, South SudanDiocese16 Jul 2011Cesare Mazzolari, M.C.C.I. †Died
Jowai, IndiaDiocese30 Jul 2011Vincent KympatDied
San José del Amazonas, PeruVicariate Apostolic8 Aug 2011Alberto Campos Hernández, O.F.M.Resigned
Mpika, ZambiaDiocese12 Jan 2012Ignatius ChamaAppointed, Archbishop of Kasama
Gikongoro, RwandaDiocese12 Mar 2012Augustin MisagoDied
Santo Domingo en EcuadorDiocese12 Mar 2012Wilson Abraham Moncayo JalilDied
Bondoukou, Côte d’IvoireDiocese6 May 2012Félix KouadjoDied
San Marcos, GuatemalaDiocese14 May 2012Alvaro Leonel Ramazzini ImeriAppointed, Bishop of Huehuetenango
Obuasi, GhanaDiocese15 May 2012Gabriel Justice Yaw AnokyeAppointed, Archbishop of Kumasi
Leeds, England, Great BritainDiocese26 Jun 2012Arthur RocheAppointed, Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments
Vijayawada, IndiaDiocese3 Jul 2012Prakash MallavarapuAppointed, Archbishop of Visakhapatnam
Magangué, ColombiaDiocese30 Jul 2012Jorge Leonardo Gómez Serna, O.P.Resigned
Infanta, PhilippinesTerritorial Prelature8 Sep 2012Rolando Joven Tria Tirona, O.C.D.Appointed, Archbishop of Caceres (Nueva Caceres)
Zacapa y Santo Cristo de Esquipulas, GuatemalaDiocese14 Sep 2012Rosolino Bianchetti BoffelliAppointed, Bishop of Quiché
Erfurt, GermanyDiocese1 Oct 2012Joachim WankeResigned
Duitama-Sogamoso, ColombiaDiocese15 Oct 2012Carlos Prada SanmiguelResigned
Porto Novo, BeninDiocese17 Oct 2012René-Marie Ehouzou, C.I.M. †Died
Bontoc-Lagawe, PhilippinesVicariate Apostolic30 Oct 2012Rodolfo Fontiveros BeltranAppointed, Bishop of San Fernando de La Union
Shinyanga, TanzaniaDiocese6 Nov 2012Aloysius BalinaDied
Ozieri, ItalyDiocese10 Dec 2012Sergio PintorRetired
Jhabua, IndiaDiocese21 Dec 2012Devprasad John Ganawa, S.V.D.Appointed, Bishop of Udaipur
Singida, TanzaniaDiocese15 Jan 2013Desiderius M. RwomaAppointed, Bishop of Bukoba
Port-Gentil, GabonDiocese19 Jan 2013Mathieu Madega LebouankehanAppointed, Bishop of Mouila
Gumaca, PhilippinesDiocese25 Jan 2013Buenaventura Malayo FamadicoAppointed, Bishop of San Pablo
Kalookan, PhilippinesDiocese25 Jan 2013Deogracias S. Iñiguez, Jr.Resigned
Torit, South SudanDiocese18 Mar 2013Akio Johnson MutekDied
Lithuania, MilitaryMilitary Ordinariate5 Apr 2013Gintaras Linas GrušasAppointed, Archbishop of Vilnius
Boac, PhilippinesDiocese8 Apr 2013Reynaldo Gonda EvangelistaAppointed, Bishop of Imus
Piana degli Albanesi (Italo-Albanese), ItalyEparchy8 Apr 2013Sotìr FerraraRetired
Facatativá, ColombiaDiocese9 Apr 2013Luis Antonio Nova RochaDied
San Charbel en Buenos Aires (Maronite), ArgentinaEparchy17 Apr 2013Charbel Georges Merhi, M.L.Retired
Klerksdorp, South AfricaDiocese26 Apr 2013Zithulele Patrick MvemveResigned
Kerema, Papua New GuineaDiocese29 Apr 2013Patrick Taval, M.S.C. †Died
San Marcos de Arica, ChileDiocese14 May 2013Héctor Eduardo Vargas Bastidas, S.D.B.Appointed, Bishop of Temuco
Montecassino, ItalyTerritorial Abbey12 Jun 2013Pietro Vittorelli, O.S.B.Resigned
Bettiah, IndiaDiocese3 Jul 2013Victor Henry ThakurAppointed, Archbishop of Raipur
Limón, Costa RicaDiocese4 Jul 2013José Rafael Quirós QuirósAppointed, Archbishop of San José de Costa Rica
Samarinda, IndonesiaArchdiocese18 Jul 2013Florentinus Sului Hajang Hau, M.S.F. †Died
Saitama, JapanDiocese27 Jul 2013Marcellino Taiji TaniResigned
Yaoundé, CameroonArchdiocese29 Jul 2013Simon-Victor Tonyé BakotResigned
Ljubljana, SloveniaArchdiocese31 Jul 2013Anton Stres, C.M.Resigned
Maribor, SloveniaArchdiocese31 Jul 2013Marjan TurnšekResigned
Vinh Long, Viet NamDiocese17 Aug 2013Thomas Nguyên Văn TânDied
El Vigia-San Carlos del Zulia, VenezuelaDiocese30 Aug 2013José Luis Azuaje AyalaAppointed, Bishop of Barinas
Sale, AustraliaDiocese12 Sep 2013Christopher Charles ProwseAppointed, Archbishop of Canberra-Goulburn
Fairbanks, Alaska, USADiocese20 Sep 2013Donald Joseph KettlerAppointed, Bishop of Saint Cloud, Minnesota
Wewak, Papua New GuineaDiocese20 Sep 2013Anthony Joseph BurgessRetired
Waterford and Lismore, IrelandDiocese1 Oct 2013William LeeResigned
Acerenza, ItalyArchdiocese15 Oct 2013Giovanni RicchiutiAppointed, Archbishop (Personal Title) of Altamura-Gravina-Acquaviva delle Fonti
Varanasi, IndiaDiocese17 Oct 2013Raphy ManjalyAppointed, Bishop of Allahabad
Homs (-Hama-Nabk) (Syrian), SyriaArchdiocese22 Oct 2013Théophile Georges KassabDied
Formosa, Goias, BrazilDiocese23 Oct 2013Paulo Roberto BelotoAppointed, Bishop of Franca, Sao Paulo
Osogbo, NigeriaDiocese29 Oct 2013Gabriel ’Leke AbegunrinAppointed, Archbishop of Ibadan
Acarigua-Araure, VenezuelaDiocese30 Oct 2013Joaquín José Morón HidalgoDied
Fort-Liberté, HaïtiDiocese1 Nov 2013Max Leroy MésidorAppointed, Coadjutor Archbishop of Cap-Haïtien
Mombasa, KenyaArchdiocese1 Nov 2013Boniface LeleResigned
Santa Maria di Grottaferrata (Italo-Albanese), ItalyTerritorial Abbey4 Nov 2013Emiliano Fabbricatore, O.S.B.I.Retired
Burlington, Vermont, USADiocese6 Nov 2013Salvatore Ronald MatanoAppointed, Bishop of Rochester, New York
Orizaba, Veracruz, MéxicoDiocese11 Nov 2013Marcelino Hernández RodríguezAppointed, Bishop of Colima
Broken Bay, AustraliaDiocese13 Nov 2013David Louis WalkerRetired
N’Djaména, ChadArchdiocese19 Nov 2013Matthias N’Gartéri MayadiDied
Napo, EcuadorVicariate Apostolic21 Nov 2013Celmo Lazzari, C.S.I.Appointed, Vicar Apostolic of San Miguel de Sucumbíos
Zomba, MalawiDiocese21 Nov 2013Thomas Luke Msusa, S.M.M.Appointed, Archbishop of Blantyre
Farafangana, MadagascarDiocese27 Nov 2013Benjamin Marc Balthason Ramaroson, C.M.Appointed, Archbishop of Antsiranana
Ingwavuma, South AfricaVicariate Apostolic29 Nov 2013José Luís Gerardo Ponce de León, I.M.C.Appointed, Bishop of Manzini
Itumbiara, Goias, BrazilDiocese1 Dec 2013Antônio Lino da Silva DinisDied
Osorno, ChileDiocese14 Dec 2013René Osvaldo Rebolledo SalinasAppointed, Archbishop of La Serena
Alaminos, PhilippinesDiocese30 Dec 2013Marlo Mendoza PeraltaAppointed, Archbishop of Nueva Segovia
Soroti, UgandaDiocese2 Jan 2014Emmanuel Obbo, A.J.Appointed, Archbishop of Tororo
Lexington, Kentucky, USADiocese24 Jan 2014Ronald William GainerAppointed, Bishop of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Barretos, Sao Paulo, BrazilDiocese29 Jan 2014Edmilson Amador Caetano, O. Cist.Appointed, Bishop of Guarulhos, Sao Paulo
Doba, ChadDiocese30 Jan 2014Michele Russo, M.C.C.I.Resigned
Hoima, UgandaDiocese8 Feb 2014Deogratias Muganwa ByabazaireDied
Dodoma, TanzaniaDiocese17 Feb 2014Gervas John Mwasikwabhila NyaisongaAppointed, Bishop of Mpanda
San Juan Bautista de Calama, ChileDiocese22 Feb 2014Guillermo Patricio Vera SotoAppointed, Bishop of Iquique
Sydney, AustraliaArchdiocese24 Feb 2014George PellAppointed, Prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy
České Budĕjovice {Budweis}, Czech RepublicDiocese1 Mar 2014Jiří Paďour, O.F.M. Cap.Resigned
Luz, Minas Gerais, BrazilDiocese6 Mar 2014Antônio Carlos FélixAppointed, Bishop of Governador Valadares, Minas Gerais
Perpignan-Elne, FranceDiocese6 Mar 2014André MarceauAppointed, Bishop of Nice
Geita, TanzaniaDiocese14 Mar 2014Damian Denis DalluAppointed, Archbishop of Songea
Kidapawan, PhilippinesDiocese15 Mar 2014Romulo Tolentino de la CruzAppointed, Archbishop of Zamboanga
Sincelejo, ColombiaDiocese15 Mar 2014Nel Hedye Beltrán SantamariaResigned
Bom Jesus da Lapa, Bahia, BrazilDiocese20 Mar 2014José Valmor César Teixeira, S.D.B.Appointed, Bishop of São José dos Campos, Sao Paulo
San Andrés Tuxtla, Veracruz, MéxicoDiocese20 Mar 2014José Trinidad Zapata OrtizAppointed, Bishop of Papantla, Puebla
Ariano Irpino-Lacedonia, ItalyDiocese21 Mar 2014Giovanni D’AliseAppointed, Bishop of Caserta
Hamburg, GermanyArchdiocese21 Mar 2014Werner ThissenRetired
Nottingham, England, Great BritainDiocese21 Mar 2014Malcolm Patrick McMahon, O.P.Appointed, Archbishop of Liverpool, England
Chapecó, Santa Catarina, BrazilDiocese26 Mar 2014Manoel João FranciscoAppointed, Bishop of Cornélio Procópio, Parana
Limburg, GermanyDiocese26 Mar 2014Franz-Peter Tebartz-van ElstResigned
Townsville, AustraliaDiocese28 Mar 2014Michael Ernest PutneyDied
Pistoia, ItalyDiocese5 Apr 2014Mansueto BianchiResigned
União da Vitória, Parana, BrazilDiocese16 Apr 2014João Bosco Barbosa de Sousa, O.F.M.Appointed, Bishop of Osasco, Sao Paulo
Montevergine, ItalyTerritorial Abbey18 Apr 2014Beda (Umberto) Paluzzi, O.S.B.Resigned
Loikaw, MyanmarDiocese26 Apr 2014Sotero Phamo (Thein Myint)Resigned
Três Lagoas, Mato Grosso do Sul, BrazilDiocese26 Apr 2014José Moreira Bastos NetoDied
Luanda, AngolaArchdiocese28 Apr 2014Damião António FranklinDied
Argyll and The Isles, Scotland, Great BritainDiocese29 Apr 2014Joseph Anthony ToalAppointed, Bishop of Motherwell, Scotland
Mar Addai of Toronto (Chaldean), CanadaEparchy3 May 2014Hanna ZoraRetired
Colatina, Espirito Santo, BrazilDiocese14 May 2014Décio Sossai Zandonade, S.D.B.Resigned
GibraltarDiocese20 May 2014Ralph Heskett, C.SS.R.Appointed, Bishop of Hallam, England
Tucupita, VenezuelaVicariate Apostolic26 May 2014Felipe González González, O.F.M. Cap.Appointed, Vicar Apostolic of Caroní
Jataí, Goias, BrazilDiocese28 May 2014José Luiz Majella Delgado, C.SS.R.Appointed, Archbishop of Pouso Alegre, Minas Gerais
Paramaribo, Suriname, AntillesDiocese31 May 2014Wilhelmus Adrianus Josephus Maria de BekkerRetired
Sintang, IndonesiaDiocese3 Jun 2014Agustinus AgusAppointed, Archbishop of Pontianak
Kribi, CameroonDiocese4 Jun 2014Joseph Befe AtebaDied
Punto Fijo, VenezuelaDiocese7 Jun 2014Juan María Leonardi VillasmilDied
Cruz Alta, Rio Grande do Sul, BrazilDiocese11 Jun 2014Frederico Heimler, S.D.B.Resigned
Multan, PakistanDiocese13 Jun 2014Andrew FrancisResigned
Whitehorse, Yukon, CanadaDiocese14 Jun 2014Gary Michael GordonAppointed, Bishop of Victoria, British Columbia
DjiboutiNunciature14 Jun 2014George PanikulamAppointed, Apostolic Nuncio to Uruguay
SomaliaDelegation14 Jun 2014George PanikulamAppointed, Apostolic Nuncio to Uruguay
Pamiers (-Couserans-Mirepoix), FranceDiocese18 Jun 2014Philippe MoussetAppointed, Bishop of Périgueux (-Sarlat)
Curitiba, Parana, BrazilArchdiocese26 Jun 2014Moacyr José Vitti, C.S.S. †Died
HaitiNunciature1 Jul 2014Bernardito Cleopas AuzaAppointed, Apostolic Nuncio to United Nations
Villa de la Concepción del Río Cuarto, ArgentinaDiocese4 Jul 2014Eduardo Eliseo MartínAppointed, Archbishop of Rosario
Ogoja, NigeriaDiocese5 Jul 2014John Ebebe AyahAppointed, Bishop of Uyo
MozambiqueNunciature5 Jul 2014Antonio ArcariAppointed, Apostolic Nuncio to Costa Rica
Berlin, GermanyArchdiocese11 Jul 2014Rainer Maria WoelkiAppointed, Archbishop of Köln {Cologne}
Margarita, VenezuelaDiocese11 Jul 2014Jorge Anibal Quintero ChacónAppointed, Bishop of Barcelona
HondurasNunciature12 Jul 2014Luigi BiancoAppointed, Apostolic Nuncio to Ethiopia
Karaganda, KazakhstanDiocese15 Jul 2014Janusz Wiesław KaletaResigned
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
Dindigul, IndiaDiocese26 Jul 2014Antony PappusamyAppointed, Archbishop of Madurai
Apartadó, ColombiaDiocese5 Aug 2014Luis Adriano Piedrahíta SandovalAppointed, Bishop of Santa Marta
Garanhuns, Pernambuco, BrazilDiocese6 Aug 2014Fernando José Monteiro Guimarães, C.SS.R.Appointed, Archbishop of Brazil, Military
Espinal, ColombiaDiocese18 Aug 2014Pablo Emiro Salas AntelizAppointed, Bishop of Armenia
Hiroshima, JapanDiocese20 Aug 2014Thomas Aquino Manyo MaedaAppointed, Archbishop of Osaka
Satna (Syro-Malabarese), IndiaDiocese27 Aug 2014Matthew Vaniakizhakel, C.V.Resigned
Mandya (Syro-Malabarese), IndiaEparchy29 Aug 2014George NjaralakattAppointed, Archbishop of Tellicherry (Syro-Malabarese)
Note: China was intentionally excluded from this table. This table was last updated on 29 Aug 2014.

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