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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)
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
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
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
Mpika, ZambiaDiocese12 Jan 2012Ignatius ChamaAppointed, Archbishop of Kasama
Bondoukou, Côte d’IvoireDiocese6 May 2012Félix KouadjoDied
Vijayawada, IndiaDiocese3 Jul 2012Prakash MallavarapuAppointed, Archbishop of Visakhapatnam
Zacapa y Santo Cristo de Esquipulas, GuatemalaDiocese14 Sep 2012Rosolino Bianchetti BoffelliAppointed, Bishop of Quiché
Porto Novo, BeninDiocese17 Oct 2012René-Marie Ehouzou, C.I.M. †Died
Port-Gentil, GabonDiocese19 Jan 2013Mathieu Madega LebouankehanAppointed, Bishop of Mouila
Kalookan, PhilippinesDiocese25 Jan 2013Deogracias Suarez Iñiguez, Jr.Resigned
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
Vinh Long, Viet NamDiocese17 Aug 2013Thomas Nguyên Văn TânDied
Acerenza, ItalyArchdiocese15 Oct 2013Giovanni RicchiutiAppointed, Archbishop (Personal Title) of Altamura-Gravina-Acquaviva delle Fonti
Homs (-Hama-Nabk) (Syrian), SyriaArchdiocese22 Oct 2013Théophile Georges KassabDied
Osogbo, NigeriaDiocese29 Oct 2013Gabriel ’Leke AbegunrinAppointed, Archbishop of Ibadan
Acarigua-Araure, VenezuelaDiocese30 Oct 2013Joaquín José Morón HidalgoDied
Santa Maria di Grottaferrata (Italo-Albanese), ItalyTerritorial Abbey4 Nov 2013Emiliano Fabbricatore, O.S.B.I.Retired
Alep [Beroea, Halab] (Maronite), SyriaArcheparchy11 Nov 2013Youssef Anis Abi-Aad, Ist. del PradoResigned
N’Djaména, ChadArchdiocese19 Nov 2013Matthias N’Gartéri MayadiDied
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
Alaminos, PhilippinesDiocese30 Dec 2013Marlo Mendoza PeraltaAppointed, Archbishop of Nueva Segovia
Soroti, UgandaDiocese2 Jan 2014Emmanuel Obbo, A.J.Appointed, Archbishop of Tororo
Doba, ChadDiocese30 Jan 2014Michele Russo, M.C.C.I.Resigned
Hoima, UgandaDiocese8 Feb 2014Deogratias Muganwa ByabazaireDied
San Juan Bautista de Calama, ChileDiocese22 Feb 2014Guillermo Patricio Vera SotoAppointed, Bishop of Iquique
Geita, TanzaniaDiocese14 Mar 2014Damian Denis DalluAppointed, Archbishop of Songea
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
Argyll and The Isles, Scotland, Great BritainDiocese29 Apr 2014Joseph Anthony ToalAppointed, Bishop of Motherwell, Scotland
GibraltarDiocese20 May 2014Ralph Heskett, C.SS.R.Appointed, Bishop of Hallam, England
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
Whitehorse, Yukon, CanadaDiocese14 Jun 2014Gary Michael GordonAppointed, Bishop of Victoria, British Columbia
Ogoja, NigeriaDiocese5 Jul 2014John Ebebe AyahAppointed, Bishop of Uyo
Margarita, VenezuelaDiocese11 Jul 2014Jorge Anibal Quintero ChacónAppointed, Bishop of Barcelona
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
Hiroshima, JapanDiocese20 Aug 2014Thomas Aquino Manyo MaedaAppointed, Archbishop of Osaka
Mandya (Syro-Malabar), IndiaEparchy29 Aug 2014George NjaralakattAppointed, Archbishop of Tellicherry (Syro-Malabar)
Parramatta, AustraliaDiocese18 Sep 2014Anthony Colin Joseph Fisher, O.P.Appointed, Archbishop of Sydney
San Miniato, ItalyDiocese8 Oct 2014Fausto TardelliAppointed, Bishop of Pistoia
Mati, PhilippinesDiocese19 Oct 2014Patricio Hacbang AloResigned
Tarma, PeruDiocese28 Oct 2014Richard Daniel Alarcón UrrutiaAppointed, Archbishop of Cuzco
Ebolowa, CameroonDiocese31 Oct 2014Jean MbargaAppointed, Archbishop of Yaoundé
Chiclayo, PeruDiocese3 Nov 2014Jesús Moliné LabarteRetired
Añatuya, ArgentinaDiocese4 Nov 2014Adolfo Armando Uriona, F.D.P.Appointed, Bishop of Villa de la Concepción del Río Cuarto
Superior, Wisconsin, USADiocese4 Nov 2014Peter Forsyth ChristensenAppointed, Bishop of Boise City, Idaho
Mbulu, TanzaniaDiocese6 Nov 2014Beatus Kinyaiya, O.F.M. Cap.Appointed, Archbishop of Dodoma
San Carlos de VenezuelaDiocese10 Nov 2014Jesús Tomás Zárraga ColmenaresResigned
Killaloe, IrelandDiocese22 Nov 2014Kieran O’Reilly, S.M.A.Appointed, Archbishop of Cashel (-Emly)
Mocoa-Sibundoy, ColombiaDiocese1 Dec 2014Luis Alberto Parra MoraResigned
São Mateus, Espirito Santo, BrazilDiocese3 Dec 2014Zanoni Demettino CastroAppointed, Coadjutor Archbishop of Feira de Santana, Bahia
Cabinda, AngolaDiocese8 Dec 2014Filomeno do Nascimento Vieira DiasAppointed, Archbishop of Luanda
Machakos, KenyaDiocese9 Dec 2014Martin Kivuva MusondeAppointed, Archbishop of Mombasa
Gómez Palacio, Durango, MéxicoDiocese20 Dec 2014José Guadalupe Torres CamposAppointed, Bishop of Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua
Kaolack, SenegalDiocese22 Dec 2014Benjamin NdiayeAppointed, Archbishop of Dakar
Ngaoundéré, CameroonDiocese6 Jan 2015Joseph Djida, O.M.I. †Died
Palmas-Francisco Beltrão, Parana, BrazilDiocese7 Jan 2015José Antônio PeruzzoAppointed, Archbishop of Curitiba, Parana
Pitigliano-Sovana-Orbetello, ItalyDiocese10 Jan 2015Guglielmo BorghettiAppointed, Coadjutor Bishop of Albenga-Imperia
ComorosDelegation10 Jan 2015Eugene Martin NugentAppointed, Apostolic Nuncio to Haiti
MauritiusNunciature10 Jan 2015Eugene Martin NugentAppointed, Apostolic Nuncio to Haiti
SeychellesNunciature10 Jan 2015Eugene Martin NugentAppointed, Apostolic Nuncio to Haiti
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)
Mzuzu, MalawiDiocese15 Jan 2015Joseph Mukasa ZuzaDied
Ispahan, IranArchdiocese20 Jan 2015Ignazio Bedini, S.D.B.Retired
Aba, NigeriaDiocese8 Feb 2015Vincent Valentine Egwuchukwu Ezeonyia, C.S.Sp. †Died
Díli, Timor-LesteDiocese9 Feb 2015Alberto Ricardo da SilvaResigned
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
Líbano-Honda, ColombiaDiocese23 Feb 2015José Miguel Gómez RodríguezAppointed, Bishop of Facatativá
Soissons (-Laon-Saint-Quentin), FranceDiocese5 Mar 2015Hervé Jean Robert GiraudAppointed, Archbishop of Sens (-Auxerre)
IraqNunciature17 Mar 2015Giorgio LinguaAppointed, Apostolic Nuncio to Cuba
JordanNunciature17 Mar 2015Giorgio LinguaAppointed, Apostolic Nuncio to Cuba
Porto Velho, Rondonia, BrazilArchdiocese18 Mar 2015Esmeraldo Barreto de Farias, Ist. del PradoAppointed, Auxiliary Bishop of São Luís do Maranhão, Maranho
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
Paranaguá, Parana, BrazilDiocese9 Apr 2015João Alves dos Santos, O.F.M. Cap. †Died
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
Kansas City-Saint Joseph, Missouri, USADiocese21 Apr 2015Robert William FinnResigned
Salt Lake City, Utah, USADiocese27 Apr 2015John Charles WesterAppointed, Archbishop of Santa Fe, New Mexico
Mondoñedo-Ferrol, SpainDiocese6 May 2015Manuel Sánchez MongeAppointed, Bishop of Santander
Palencia, SpainDiocese7 May 2015Esteban Escudero TorresAppointed, Auxiliary Bishop of Valencia
Tursi-Lagonegro, ItalyDiocese15 May 2015Francescantonio Nolè, O.F.M. Conv.Appointed, Archbishop of Cosenza-Bisignano
BotswanaNunciature22 May 2015Mario Roberto CassariAppointed, Apostolic Nuncio to Malta
LesothoNunciature22 May 2015Mario Roberto CassariAppointed, Apostolic Nuncio to Malta
NamibiaNunciature22 May 2015Mario Roberto CassariAppointed, Apostolic Nuncio to Malta
SwazilandNunciature22 May 2015Mario Roberto CassariAppointed, Apostolic Nuncio to Malta
South AfricaNunciature22 May 2015Mario Roberto CassariAppointed, Apostolic Nuncio to Malta
Alger, AlgeriaArchdiocese23 May 2015Ghaleb Moussa Abdalla BaderAppointed, Apostolic Nuncio to Pakistan
Amparo, Sao Paulo, BrazilDiocese27 May 2015Pedro Carlos CipoliniAppointed, Bishop of Santo André, Sao Paulo
Caetité, Bahia, BrazilDiocese27 May 2015Guerrino Riccardo BrusatiAppointed, Bishop of Janaúba, Minas Gerais
Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, MéxicoDiocese1 Jun 2015Gustavo Rodriguez VegaAppointed, Archbishop of Yucatán
Dresden-Meißen (Meissen), GermanyDiocese8 Jun 2015Heiner KochAppointed, Archbishop of Berlin
Amargosa, Bahia, BrazilDiocese10 Jun 2015João Nílton dos Santos SouzaResigned
Panevėžys, LithuaniaDiocese11 Jun 2015Lionginas Virbalas, S.J.Appointed, Archbishop of Kaunas
Ahmedabad, IndiaDiocese12 Jun 2015Thomas Ignatius MacwanAppointed, Archbishop of Gandhinagar
Saint Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota, USAArchdiocese15 Jun 2015John Clayton NienstedtResigned
United Arab EmiratesNunciature15 Jun 2015Petar Antun RajičAppointed, Apostolic Nuncio to Angola
Arabian PeninsulaDelegation15 Jun 2015Petar Antun RajičAppointed, Apostolic Nuncio to Angola
KuwaitNunciature15 Jun 2015Petar Antun RajičAppointed, Apostolic Nuncio to Angola
YemenNunciature15 Jun 2015Petar Antun RajičAppointed, Apostolic Nuncio to Angola
Huejutla, Hidalgo, MéxicoDiocese20 Jun 2015Salvador Rangel Mendoza, O.F.M.Appointed, Bishop of Chilpancingo-Chilapa, Guerrero
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
MauritaniaDelegation22 Jun 2015Luis Mariano MontemayorAppointed, Apostolic Nuncio to Congo, Democratic Republic of
SénégalNunciature22 Jun 2015Luis Mariano MontemayorAppointed, Apostolic Nuncio to Congo, Democratic Republic of
São Raimundo Nonato, Piaui, BrazilDiocese24 Jun 2015João Santos CardosoAppointed, Bishop of Bom Jesus da Lapa, Bahia
Autlán, Jalisco, MéxicoDiocese25 Jun 2015Gonzalo Galván CastilloResigned
Penonomé, PanamaDiocese25 Jun 2015Uriah Adolphus Ashley MacleanAppointed, Titular Bishop of Agbia
San José del Guaviare, ColombiaDiocese26 Jun 2015Francisco Antonio Nieto SúaAppointed, Bishop of Engativá
Carapeguá, ParaguayDiocese4 Jul 2015Joaquín Hermes Robledo RomeroAppointed, Bishop of San Lorenzo
Molfetta-Ruvo-Giovinazzo-Terlizzi, ItalyDiocese6 Jul 2015Luigi MartellaDied
Saint-Etienne, FranceDiocese10 Jul 2015Dominique Julien Claude Marie LebrunAppointed, Archbishop of Rouen
Passo Fundo, Rio Grande do Sul, BrazilArchdiocese15 Jul 2015Antônio Carlos Altieri, S.D.B.Resigned
Makeni, Sierra LeoneDiocese18 Jul 2015Henry ArunaAppointed, Auxiliary Bishop of Kenema
Hinche, HaïtiDiocese22 Jul 2015Simon-Pierre Saint-Hillien, C.S.C. †Died
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
Note: China was intentionally excluded from this table. This table was last updated on 29 Jul 2015.

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