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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
Farafangana, MadagascarDiocese27 Nov 2013Benjamin Marc Balthason Ramaroson, C.M.Appointed, Archbishop of Antsiranana
Soroti, UgandaDiocese2 Jan 2014Emmanuel Obbo, A.J.Appointed, Archbishop of Tororo
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
Tanjung Selor, IndonesiaDiocese16 Feb 2015Yustinus Harjosusanto, M.S.F.Appointed, Archbishop of Samarinda
Great Britain, MilitaryMilitary Ordinariate21 Mar 2015Charles Phillip Richard MothAppointed, Bishop of Arundel and Brighton, England
Petra e Filadelfia (Melkite Greek), JordanArcheparchy14 Apr 2015Yasser Hanna AyyashResigned
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
Alexandria-Cornwall, Ontario, CanadaDiocese12 Nov 2015Marcel DamphousseAppointed, Bishop of Sault Sainte Marie, Ontario
Innsbruck, AustriaDiocese18 Nov 2015Manfred ScheuerAppointed, Bishop of Linz
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
Benghazi, LibyaVicariate Apostolic14 Feb 2016Sylvester Carmel Magro, O.F.M.Retired
Chinhoyi, ZimbabweDiocese17 Feb 2016Dieter Bernd Scholz, S.J.Retired
Franceville, GabonDiocese24 Mar 2016Timothée Modibo-NzockenaDied
Matehuala, San Luís Potosí, MéxicoDiocese9 Apr 2016Lucas Martínez LaraDied
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
Kabankalan, PhilippinesDiocese24 May 2016Patricio Abella Buzon, S.D.B.Appointed, Bishop of Bacolod
Bayombong, PhilippinesDiocese28 May 2016Ramon Barrera VillenaRetired
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
San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican RepublicDiocese4 Jul 2016Francisco Ozoria AcostaAppointed, Archbishop of Santo Domingo
Daltonganj, IndiaDiocese7 Jul 2016Gabriel Kujur, S.J.Resigned
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
Galway and Kilmacduagh, IrelandDiocese29 Jul 2016Martin DrennanResigned
Ossory, IrelandDiocese29 Jul 2016Séamus Freeman, S.A.C.Resigned
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 2016Goetbé Edmond DjitangarAppointed, Archbishop of N’Djaména
Mallorca, SpainDiocese8 Sep 2016Javier Salinas ViñalsAppointed, Auxiliary Bishop of Valencia
Wagga Wagga, AustraliaDiocese12 Sep 2016Gerard Joseph HannaResigned
Mopti, MaliDiocese22 Sep 2016Georges FonghoroDied
Clogher, IrelandDiocese1 Oct 2016Liam Seán MacDaidResigned
Isabela, PhilippinesTerritorial Prelature4 Oct 2016Martin Sarmiento JumoadAppointed, Archbishop of Ozamiz
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
Thanh Hoá, Viet NamDiocese29 Oct 2016Joseph Nguyên Chi LinhAppointed, Archbishop of Huế
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}
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
BoliviaNunciature21 Jan 2017Giambattista DiquattroAppointed, Apostolic Nuncio to India
Guizeh (Coptic), EgyptEparchy23 Jan 2017Antonios Aziz MinaResigned
Teixeira de Freitas-Caravelas, Bahia, BrazilDiocese1 Feb 2017Carlos Alberto dos SantosAppointed, Bishop of Itabuna, Bahia
Daet, PhilippinesDiocese2 Feb 2017Gilbert Armea GarceraAppointed, Archbishop of Lipa
Fajardo-Humacao, Puerto RicoDiocese2 Feb 2017Eusebio Ramos MoralesAppointed, Bishop of Caguas
Vientiane, LaosVicariate Apostolic2 Feb 2017Jean Khamsé Vithavong, O.M.I.Retired
Tsiroanomandidy, MadagascarDiocese8 Feb 2017Gustavo Bombin Espino, O.SS.T.Appointed, Bishop of Maintirano
FinlandNunciature20 Feb 2017Henryk Józef NowackiResigned
NorwayNunciature20 Feb 2017Henryk Józef NowackiResigned
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
Campina Grande, Paraiba, BrazilDiocese8 Mar 2017Manoel Delson Pedreira da Cruz, O.F.M. Cap.Appointed, Archbishop of Paraíba
Donkorkrom, GhanaVicariate Apostolic16 Mar 2017Gabriel Edoe Kumordji, S.V.D.Appointed, Bishop of Keta-Akatsi
Aire et Dax, FranceDiocese6 Apr 2017Hervé GaschignardResigned
GreeceNunciature8 Apr 2017Edward Joseph AdamsAppointed, Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain
Tete, MozambiqueDiocese11 Apr 2017Inácio Saúre, I.M.C.Appointed, Archbishop of Nampula
Caxias do Maranhão, BrazilDiocese19 Apr 2017Vilson Basso, S.C.I.Appointed, Bishop of Imperatriz, Maranhão
São José dos Pinhais, Parana, BrazilDiocese19 Apr 2017Francisco Carlos BachAppointed, Bishop of Joinville, Santa Catarina
Kitui, KenyaDiocese23 Apr 2017Anthony MuheriaAppointed, Archbishop of Nyeri
ArmeniaNunciature25 Apr 2017Marek SolczyńskiAppointed, Apostolic Nuncio to Tanzania
AzerbaijanNunciature25 Apr 2017Marek SolczyńskiAppointed, Apostolic Nuncio to Tanzania
IndonesiaNunciature26 Apr 2017Antonio Guido FilipazziAppointed, Apostolic Nuncio to Nigeria
Teano-Calvi, ItalyDiocese6 May 2017Arturo AielloAppointed, Bishop of Avellino
Dominican RepublicNunciature13 May 2017Jude Thaddeus OkoloAppointed, Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland
Bafia, CameroonDiocese31 May 2017Jean-Marie Benoît BallaDied
Nashville, Tennessee, USADiocese3 Jun 2017David Raymond ChobyDied
Valdivia, ChileDiocese8 Jun 2017Ignacio Francisco Ducasse MedinaAppointed, Archbishop of Antofagasta
Tucumán, ArgentinaArchdiocese9 Jun 2017Alfredo Horacio ZeccaResigned
Evansville, Indiana, USADiocese13 Jun 2017Charles Coleman ThompsonAppointed, Archbishop of Indianapolis, Indiana
Paranavaí, Parana, BrazilDiocese14 Jun 2017Geremias SteinmetzAppointed, Archbishop of Londrina, Parana
Istmina-Tadó, ColombiaDiocese15 Jun 2017Julio Hernando García PeláezAppointed, Bishop of Garagoa
AntillesDelegation16 Jun 2017Nicolas GirasoliAppointed, Apostolic Nuncio to Peru
Antigua and Barbuda, AntillesNunciature16 Jun 2017Nicolas GirasoliAppointed, Apostolic Nuncio to Peru
Barbados, AntillesNunciature16 Jun 2017Nicolas GirasoliAppointed, Apostolic Nuncio to Peru
Bahamas, AntillesNunciature16 Jun 2017Nicolas GirasoliAppointed, Apostolic Nuncio to Peru
Dominica, AntillesNunciature16 Jun 2017Nicolas GirasoliAppointed, Apostolic Nuncio to Peru
Grenada, AntillesNunciature16 Jun 2017Nicolas GirasoliAppointed, Apostolic Nuncio to Peru
Guyana, AntillesNunciature16 Jun 2017Nicolas GirasoliAppointed, Apostolic Nuncio to Peru
Jamaica, AntillesNunciature16 Jun 2017Nicolas GirasoliAppointed, Apostolic Nuncio to Peru
Saint Kitts and Nevis, AntillesNunciature16 Jun 2017Nicolas GirasoliAppointed, Apostolic Nuncio to Peru
Saint Lucia, AntillesNunciature16 Jun 2017Nicolas GirasoliAppointed, Apostolic Nuncio to Peru
Suriname, AntillesNunciature16 Jun 2017Nicolas GirasoliAppointed, Apostolic Nuncio to Peru
Trinidad and Tobago, AntillesNunciature16 Jun 2017Nicolas GirasoliAppointed, Apostolic Nuncio to Peru
Saint Vincent and Grenadines, AntillesNunciature16 Jun 2017Nicolas GirasoliAppointed, Apostolic Nuncio to Peru
Philippines, MilitaryMilitary Ordinariate17 Jun 2017Leopoldo Sumaylo TumulakDied
San Fernando de La Union, PhilippinesDiocese17 Jun 2017Rodolfo Fontiveros BeltranDied
Damas (Melkite Greek), SyriaArchdiocese21 Jun 2017Youssef (Joseph) Absi, S.M.S.P.Elected, Patriarch of Antiochia {Antioch} (Melkite Greek)
Villarrica del Espíritu Santo, ParaguayDiocese29 Jun 2017Ricardo Jorge Valenzuela RiosAppointed, Bishop of Caacupé
Tapachula, Chiapas, MéxicoDiocese30 Jun 2017Leopoldo González GonzálezAppointed, Archbishop of Acapulco, Guerrero
PhilippinesNunciature1 Jul 2017Giuseppe PintoAppointed, Apostolic Nuncio to Croatia
Carolina, Maranhão, BrazilDiocese5 Jul 2017José Soares Filho, O.F.M. Cap.Resigned
Petrolina, Pernambuco, BrazilDiocese12 Jul 2017Manoel dos Reis de FariasResigned
Sulmona-Valva, ItalyDiocese14 Jul 2017Angelo SpinaAppointed, Archbishop of Ancona-Osimo
Keetmanshoop, NamibiaDiocese21 Jul 2017Philipp Pöllitzer, O.M.I.Retired
Trani-Barletta-Bisceglie (-Nazareth), ItalyArchdiocese26 Jul 2017Giovanni Battista PichierriDied
Palestrina, ItalySuburbicarian See31 Jul 2017Domenico SigaliniRetired
Chartres, FranceDiocese1 Aug 2017Michel Armand Alexis Jean PansardAppointed, Bishop of Evry-Corbeil-Essonnes
Orán, ArgentinaDiocese1 Aug 2017Gustavo Óscar ZanchettaResigned
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
Mar Addai of Toronto (Chaldean), CanadaEparchy9 Aug 2017Emmanuel Hanna Shaleta (Challita)Appointed, Bishop of Saint Peter the Apostle of San Diego (Chaldean)
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
Richmond, Virginia, USADiocese17 Aug 2017Francis Xavier DiLorenzoDied
Note: China was intentionally excluded from this table. This table was last updated on 19 Aug 2017.

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