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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)
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
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
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
Saitama, JapanDiocese27 Jul 2013Marcellino Taiji TaniResigned
Santa Maria di Grottaferrata (Italo-Albanese), ItalyTerritorial Abbey4 Nov 2013Emiliano Fabbricatore, O.S.B.I.Retired
Soroti, UgandaDiocese2 Jan 2014Emmanuel Obbo, A.J.Appointed, Archbishop of Tororo
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
Great Britain, MilitaryMilitary Ordinariate21 Mar 2015Charles Phillip Richard MothAppointed, Bishop of Arundel and Brighton, England
Carapeguá, ParaguayDiocese4 Jul 2015Joaquín Hermes Robledo RomeroAppointed, Bishop of San Lorenzo
Makeni, Sierra LeoneDiocese18 Jul 2015Henry ArunaAppointed, Auxiliary Bishop of Kenema
Moosonee, Ontario, CanadaDiocese2 Feb 2016Vincent Cadieux, O.M.I.Retired
Benghazi, LibyaVicariate Apostolic14 Feb 2016Sylvester Carmel Magro, O.F.M. †Retired
Mandeville, Jamaica, AntillesDiocese29 Apr 2016Neil Edward Tiedemann, C.P.Appointed, Auxiliary Bishop of Brooklyn, New York
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
Parma (Ruthenian), Ohio, USAEparchy7 May 2016John Michael KudrickResigned
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
Bayombong, PhilippinesDiocese28 May 2016Ramon Barrera VillenaRetired
Auki, Solomon IslandsDiocese22 Jun 2016Christopher Michael Cardone, O.P.Appointed, Archbishop of Honiara
Jerusalem {Gerusalemme}, PalestinePatriarchate24 Jun 2016Fouad Boutros TwalRetired
Daltonganj, IndiaDiocese7 Jul 2016Gabriel Kujur, S.J.Resigned
Sarh, ChadDiocese20 Aug 2016Goetbé Edmond DjitangarAppointed, Archbishop of N’Djaména
Wagga Wagga, AustraliaDiocese12 Sep 2016Gerard Joseph HannaResigned
Mopti, MaliDiocese22 Sep 2016Georges FonghoroDied
Falkland Islands o Malvinas, Falkland Islands (Malvinas)Prefecture Apostolic29 Sep 2016Michael Bernard McPartland, S.M.A. †Retired
Clogher, IrelandDiocese1 Oct 2016Liam Seán MacDaidResigned
Isabela, PhilippinesTerritorial Prelature4 Oct 2016Martin Sarmiento JumoadAppointed, Archbishop of Ozamiz
Nongstoin, IndiaDiocese15 Oct 2016Victor LyngdohAppointed, Bishop of Jowai
Yurimaguas, PeruVicariate Apostolic17 Dec 2016José Luis Astigarraga Lizarralde, C.P. †Retired
Constantine (-Hippone), AlgeriaDiocese24 Dec 2016Paul Jacques Marie Desfarges, S.J.Appointed, Archbishop of Alger
Purwokerto, IndonesiaDiocese29 Dec 2016Julianus Kemo Sunarko, S.J.Retired
Kenya, MilitaryMilitary Ordinariate30 Dec 2016Alfred Kipkoech Arap RotichResigned
Guizeh (Coptic), EgyptEparchy23 Jan 2017Antonios Aziz MinaResigned
Daet, PhilippinesDiocese2 Feb 2017Gilbert Armea GarceraAppointed, Archbishop of Lipa
Fajardo-Humacao, Puerto RicoDiocese2 Feb 2017Eusebio Ramos MoralesAppointed, Bishop of Caguas
Tsiroanomandidy, MadagascarDiocese8 Feb 2017Gustavo Bombin Espino, O.SS.T.Appointed, Bishop of Maintirano
Ilagan, PhilippinesDiocese25 Feb 2017Joseph Amangi Nacua, O.F.M. Cap.Resigned
Phan Thiết, Viet NamDiocese1 Mar 2017Joseph Vu Duy ThôngDied
Wau, South SudanDiocese6 Mar 2017Rudolf Deng MajakDied
Donkorkrom, GhanaVicariate Apostolic16 Mar 2017Gabriel Edoe Kumordji, S.V.D.Appointed, Bishop of Keta-Akatsi
Tete, MozambiqueDiocese11 Apr 2017Inácio Saúre, I.M.C.Appointed, Archbishop of Nampula
Kitui, KenyaDiocese23 Apr 2017Anthony MuheriaAppointed, Archbishop of Nyeri
Bafia, CameroonDiocese31 May 2017Jean-Marie Benoît BallaDied
Valdivia, ChileDiocese8 Jun 2017Ignacio Francisco Ducasse MedinaAppointed, Archbishop of Antofagasta
Philippines, MilitaryMilitary Ordinariate17 Jun 2017Leopoldo Sumaylo TumulakDied
Villarrica del Espíritu Santo, ParaguayDiocese29 Jun 2017Ricardo Jorge Valenzuela RiosAppointed, Bishop of Caacupé
Tapachula, Chiapas, MéxicoDiocese30 Jun 2017Leopoldo González GonzálezAppointed, Archbishop of Acapulco, Guerrero
Carolina, Maranhão, BrazilDiocese5 Jul 2017José Soares Filho, O.F.M. Cap.Resigned
Palestrina, ItalySuburbicarian See31 Jul 2017Domenico SigaliniRetired
Camiri, BoliviaVicariate Apostolic2 Aug 2017Francisco Focardi Mazzocchi, O.F.M.Resigned
Tambacounda, SenegalDiocese5 Aug 2017Jean-Noël DioufResigned
Tacuarembó, UruguayDiocese8 Aug 2017Julio César Bonino BoninoDied
Gaborone, BotswanaDiocese9 Aug 2017Valentine Tsamma SeaneResigned
GambiaNunciature12 Aug 2017Mirosław AdamczykAppointed, Apostolic Nuncio to Panama
LiberiaNunciature12 Aug 2017Mirosław AdamczykAppointed, Apostolic Nuncio to Panama
Sierra LeoneNunciature12 Aug 2017Mirosław AdamczykAppointed, Apostolic Nuncio to Panama
PakistanNunciature24 Aug 2017Ghaleb Moussa Abdalla BaderAppointed, Apostolic Nuncio to Dominican Republic
Aliwal, South AfricaDiocese1 Sep 2017Michael WüstenbergResigned
Teófilo Otoni, Minas Gerais, BrazilDiocese20 Sep 2017Aloísio Jorge Pena VitralAppointed, Bishop of Sete Lagoas, Minas Gerais
Tehuantepec, Oaxaca, MéxicoDiocese25 Sep 2017Óscar Armando Campos ContrerasAppointed, Bishop of Ciudad Guzmán, Jalisco
UruguayNunciatureOct 2017George PanikulamRetired
Salina, Kansas, USADiocese3 Oct 2017Edward Joseph WeisenburgerAppointed, Bishop of Tucson, Arizona
Cap-Haïtien, HaïtiArchdiocese7 Oct 2017Max Leroy MésidorAppointed, Archbishop of Port-au-Prince
Palmeira dos Índios, Alagoas, BrazilDiocese11 Oct 2017Dulcênio Fontes de MatosAppointed, Bishop of Campina Grande, Paraiba
Ruteng, IndonesiaDiocese11 Oct 2017Hubertus LetengResigned
Korhogo, Côte d’IvoireArchdiocese12 Oct 2017Marie-Daniel DadietResigned
Luçon, FranceDiocese12 Oct 2017Alain CastetResigned
Gweru, ZimbabweDiocese15 Oct 2017Xavier Johnsai MunyonganiDied
Bridgetown, Barbados, AntillesDiocese19 Oct 2017Charles Jason GordonAppointed, Archbishop of Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Tunduru-Masasi, TanzaniaDiocese19 Oct 2017Castor Paul MsemwaDied
Butuan, PhilippinesDiocese21 Oct 2017Juan de Dios Mataflorida PueblosDied
Niigata, JapanDiocese25 Oct 2017Tarcisio Isao Kikuchi, S.V.D.Appointed, Archbishop of Tōkyō
Ciudad Altamirano, Guerrero, MéxicoDiocese28 Oct 2017Maximino Martínez MirandaAppointed, Auxiliary Bishop of Toluca, México
Eldoret, KenyaDiocese30 Oct 2017Cornelius Kipng’eno Arap KorirDied
Tehuacán, Puebla, MéxicoDiocese3 Nov 2017Rodrigo Aguilar MartínezAppointed, Bishop of San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas
Armenia, ColombiaDiocese14 Nov 2017Pablo Emiro Salas AntelizAppointed, Archbishop of Barranquilla
Baghdad (Armenian), IraqArcheparchyDec 2017Emmanuel DabbaghianRetired
HungaryNunciatureDec 2017Alberto Bottari de CastelloRetired
Roermond, NetherlandsDiocese2 Dec 2017Franciscus Jozef Maria WiertzRetired
Iligan, PhilippinesDiocese5 Dec 2017Elenito de los Reyes GalidoDied
El Salvador, MilitaryMilitary Ordinariate7 Dec 2017Fabio Reynaldo Colindres AbarcaAppointed, Bishop of San Miguel
Nanterre, FranceDiocese7 Dec 2017Michel Christian Alain AupetitAppointed, Archbishop of Paris
Tlalnepantla, México, MéxicoArchdiocese7 Dec 2017Carlos Aguiar RetesAppointed, Archbishop of México, Federal District
Faisalabad, PakistanDiocese8 Dec 2017Joseph ArshadAppointed, Archbishop (Personal Title) of Islamabad-Rawalpindi
Achonry, IrelandDiocese11 Dec 2017Brendan KellyAppointed, Bishop of Galway and Kilmacduagh
Apucarana, Parana, BrazilDiocese13 Dec 2017Celso Antônio MarchioriAppointed, Bishop of São José dos Pinhais, Parana
Paksé, LaosVicariate Apostolic16 Dec 2017Louis-Marie Ling Mangkhanekhoun, I.V.D.Appointed, Vicar Apostolic of Vientiane
Viana, Maranhão, BrazilDiocese20 Dec 2017Sebastião Lima DuarteAppointed, Bishop of Caxias do Maranhão
Moshi, TanzaniaDiocese27 Dec 2017Isaac Amani MassaweAppointed, Archbishop of Arusha
Bonfim, Bahia, BrazilDiocese3 Jan 2018Francisco Canindé PalhanoAppointed, Bishop of Petrolina, Pernambuco
Guadix, SpainDiocese3 Jan 2018Ginés Ramón García BeltránAppointed, Bishop of Getafe
Malindi, KenyaDiocese5 Jan 2018Emanuel Barbara, O.F.M. Cap. †Died
Cachoeira do Sul, Rio Grande do Sul, BrazilDiocese6 Jan 2018Remídio José BohnDied
São João del Rei, Minas Gerais, BrazilDiocese19 Jan 2018Célio de Oliveira Goulart, O.F.M. †Died
Ndola, ZambiaDiocese30 Jan 2018Alick BandaAppointed, Archbishop of Lusaka
Mbandaka-Bikoro, Congo (Dem. Rep.)Archdiocese6 Feb 2018Fridolin Ambongo Besungu, O.F.M. Cap.Appointed, Coadjutor Archbishop of Kinshasa
Ipameri, Goias, BrazilDiocese7 Feb 2018Guilherme Antônio Werlang, M.S.F.Appointed, Bishop of Lages, Santa Catarina
União da Vitória, Parana, BrazilDiocese8 Feb 2018Agenor Girardi, M.S.C. †Died
Bosra e Haūrān (Melkite Greek), SyriaArchdiocese9 Feb 2018Nicolas Antiba, B.A.Appointed, Patriarchal Vicar of Damas (Melkite Greek)
Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, MéxicoDiocese10 Feb 2018Pedro Vázquez VillalobosAppointed, Archbishop of Antequera, Oaxaca
San Jose de Antique, PhilippinesDiocese14 Feb 2018Jose Romeo Juanito Orquejo LazoAppointed, Archbishop of Jaro
Dedza, MalawiDiocese17 Feb 2018Emmanuel Cosmas KanyamaDied
Ahiara, NigeriaDiocese19 Feb 2018Peter Ebere OkpalekeResigned
Nossa Senhora do Paraíso em São Paulo (Melkite Greek), Sao Paulo, BrazilEparchy20 Feb 2018Joseph GébaraConfirmed, Archbishop of Petra e Filadelfia (Melkite Greek)
Santiago de Guatemala, GuatemalaArchdiocese24 Feb 2018Oscar Julio Vian Morales, S.D.B. †Died
Kafanchan, NigeriaDiocese27 Feb 2018Joseph Danlami BagobiriDied
Helena, Montana, USADiocese28 Feb 2018George Leo ThomasAppointed, Bishop of Las Vegas, Nevada
Moramanga, MadagascarDiocese3 Mar 2018Gaetano Di Pierro, S.C.I.Appointed, Bishop of Farafangana
Thành-Phô Hồ Chí Minh (Hôchiminh Ville), Viet NamArchdiocese6 Mar 2018Paul Bùi Văn ÐocDied
Côte d’IvoireNunciature7 Mar 2018Joseph SpiteriAppointed, Apostolic Nuncio to Lebanon
Cyangugu, RwandaDiocese11 Mar 2018Jean Damascène BimenyimanaDied
Menongue, AngolaDiocese12 Mar 2018Mário LucundeResigned
Portugal, MilitaryMilitary Ordinariate15 Mar 2018Manuel da Silva Rodrigues LindaAppointed, Bishop of Porto
San Jose in Mindoro, PhilippinesVicariate Apostolic17 Mar 2018Antonio Pepito Palang, S.V.D.Resigned
Belize, AntillesNunciature17 Mar 2018Léon Kalenga BadikebeleAppointed, Apostolic Nuncio to Argentina
El SalvadorNunciature17 Mar 2018Léon Kalenga BadikebeleAppointed, Apostolic Nuncio to Argentina
Belgaum, IndiaDiocese19 Mar 2018Peter MachadoAppointed, Archbishop of Bangalore
Ngozi, BurundiDiocese24 Mar 2018Gervais BanshimiyubusaAppointed, Archbishop of Bujumbura
MalawiNunciature24 Mar 2018Julio MuratAppointed, Apostolic Nuncio to Cameroun
ZambiaNunciature24 Mar 2018Julio MuratAppointed, Apostolic Nuncio to Cameroun
Caxito, AngolaDiocese26 Mar 2018António Francisco Jaca, S.V.D.Appointed, Bishop of Benguela
Dromore, IrelandDiocese26 Mar 2018John McAreaveyResigned
Guaranda, EcuadorDiocese27 Mar 2018Skiper Bladimir Yáñez CalvachiAppointed, Bishop of Babahoyo
Philadelphia (Ukrainian), Pennsylvania, USAArcheparchy16 Apr 2018Stefan SorokaResigned
San Miguel, ArgentinaDiocese17 Apr 2018Sergio Alfredo FenoyAppointed, Archbishop of Santa Fe de la Vera Cruz
Nagpur, IndiaArchdiocese19 Apr 2018Abraham ViruthakulangaraDied
Chuquibambilla, PeruTerritorial Prelature24 Apr 2018Domenico Berni Leonardi, O.S.A.Retired
Campinas, Sao Paulo, BrazilArchdiocese25 Apr 2018Airton José dos SantosAppointed, Archbishop of Mariana, Minas Gerais
Yamoussoukro, Côte d’IvoireDiocese25 Apr 2018Marcellin Yao KouadioAppointed, Bishop of Daloa
Manfredonia-Vieste-San Giovanni Rotondo, ItalyArchdiocese5 May 2018Michele CastoroDied
San Marcos, GuatemalaDiocese9 May 2018Carlos Enrique Trinidad GómezDied
Accra, GhanaArchdiocese11 May 2018Gabriel Charles Palmer-BuckleAppointed, Archbishop of Cape Coast
Malolos, PhilippinesDiocese11 May 2018José Francisco OliverosDied
Gurk, AustriaDiocese17 May 2018Alois SchwarzAppointed, Bishop of Sankt Pölten
Joliette, Québec, CanadaDiocese18 May 2018Raymond PoissonAppointed, Coadjutor Bishop of Saint-Jérôme, Québec
Montelibano, ColombiaDiocese19 May 2018Luis José Rueda AparicioAppointed, Archbishop of Popayán
ZimbabweNunciature21 May 2018Marek ZalewskiAppointed, Apostolic Nuncio to Singapore
La Rioja, ArgentinaDiocese22 May 2018Marcelo Daniel ColomboAppointed, Archbishop of Mendoza
Note: China was intentionally excluded from this table. This table was last updated on 22 May 2018.

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