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The Year of Our Lord 1959

Diocese Events

January to June


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DateFromTo
10 JanArchdiocese of Cuzco, Peru (Canchis, Canas, Espinar, and Chumbivileas) Territory LostTerritorial Prelature of Sicuani, Peru Erected
17 JanArchdiocese of Paraíba, Brazil (Aroeiras and Umbuzeiro) Territory LostDiocese of Campina Grande, Paraiba, Brazil Territory Added
17 JanDiocese of Cajazeiras, Paraiba, Brazil (Malta, Princesa Isabel, Santa Luzia, and São Mamede along with St. Anthony and St. Anne in Piancó)
Diocese of Campina Grande, Paraiba, Brazil (Taperoá and Teixeira along with Junco do Seridó in Santa Luzia)
Territory LostDiocese of Patos, Paraiba, Brazil Erected
9 FebDiocese of Berbérati, Central African Republic (Bossangoa, Bouca, Batanfago, and Paoua) Territory LostPrefecture Apostolic of Bossangoa, Central African Republic Erected
9 FebDiocese of Bathurst in Canada, New Brunswick (Miramichi (Indian Mission of Burnt Church)) Territory LostDiocese of Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada Territory Added
12 FebPrefecture Apostolic of Niamey, Niger (Dori and Fada) Territory LostPrefecture Apostolic of Fada N’Gourma, Burkina Faso Erected
16 FebDiocese of Sinaloa, México Name ChangedDiocese of Culiacán, Sinaloa, México Name Changed
17 FebDiocese of Iquique, Chile (Arica except for Camina) Territory LostTerritorial Prelature of Arica, Chile Erected
19 FebOrdinariate of Argentina, Faithful of the Eastern Rites Erected
19 FebPrefecture Apostolic of Moundou, Chad ElevatedDiocese of Moundou, Chad Elevated
21 FebMilitary Ordinariate of Austria, Military Erected
9 MarDiocese of Calahorra y La Calzada, Spain Name ChangedDiocese of Calahorra y La Calzada-Logroño, Spain Name Changed
9 MarDiocese of Mondoñedo, Spain Name ChangedDiocese of Mondoñedo-Ferrol, Spain Name Changed
9 MarDiocese of Orihuela, Spain Name ChangedDiocese of Orihuela-Alicante, Spain Name Changed
9 MarDiocese of Osma, Spain Name ChangedDiocese of Osma-Soria, Spain Name Changed
9 MarDiocese of Sigüenza, Spain Name ChangedDiocese of Sigüenza-Guadalajara, Spain Name Changed
9 MarDiocese of Tuy, Spain Name ChangedDiocese of Tuy-Vigo, Spain Name Changed
1 AprArchdiocese of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (La Altagracia and El Seibo) Territory LostDiocese of Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia en Higüey, Dominican Republic Erected
2 AprDiocese of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
Diocese of Kimberley, South Africa
Vicariate Apostolic of Windhoek, Namibia
Territory LostPrefecture Apostolic of Bechuanaland, Botswana Erected
2 AprPrefecture Apostolic of Oturkpo, Nigeria ElevatedDiocese of Oturkpo, Nigeria Elevated
9 AprVicariate Apostolic of Ndola, Zambia (Solwezi, Kasempa, Mwinilunga, and Kabongo (except parts outside of Ndola)) Territory LostPrefecture Apostolic of Solwezi, Zambia Erected
17 AprApostolic Exarchate of Germany and Scandinavia {Deutschland und Skandinavien} (Ukrainian) Erected
18 AprDiocese of Loja, Ecuador (Cantón Chinchipe (Chinchique)) Territory LostVicariate Apostolic of Zamora, Ecuador Territory Added
21 AprArchdiocese of München und Freising {Munich}, Germany (Family property of Joseph Scherm) Territory LostDiocese of Augsburg, Germany Territory Added
25 AprVicariate Apostolic of Blantyre, Malawi ElevatedArchdiocese of Blantyre, Malawi Elevated
25 AprVicariate Apostolic of Fort Jameson, Zambia ElevatedDiocese of Fort Jameson, Zambia Elevated
25 AprVicariate Apostolic of Dedza, Malawi ElevatedDiocese of Dedza, Malawi Elevated
25 AprVicariate Apostolic of Kasama, Zambia ElevatedDiocese of Kasama, Zambia Elevated
25 AprVicariate Apostolic of Lilongwe, Malawi ElevatedDiocese of Lilongwe, Malawi Elevated
25 AprVicariate Apostolic of Livingstone, Zambia ElevatedDiocese of Livingstone, Zambia Elevated
25 AprVicariate Apostolic of Luluabourg, Congo (Dem. Rep.) Territory LostVicariate Apostolic of Luebo, Congo (Dem. Rep.) Erected
25 AprVicariate Apostolic of Lusaka, Zambia Territory LostArchdiocese of Lusaka, Zambia Erected
25 AprVicariate Apostolic of Abercorn, Zambia ElevatedDiocese of Abercorn, Zambia Elevated
25 AprVicariate Apostolic of Ndola, Zambia ElevatedDiocese of Ndola, Zambia Elevated
25 AprPrefecture Apostolic of N’Zérékoré, Guinea ElevatedDiocese of N’Zérékoré, Guinea Elevated
25 AprVicariate Apostolic of Zomba, Malawi ElevatedDiocese of Zomba, Malawi Elevated
27 AprArchdiocese of Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil (Mussum and Santa Lucia do Piai (of Caxias do Sul)) Territory LostDiocese of Caxias, Brazil Territory Added
27 AprArchdiocese of Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil (Guaporé and Casca along with Maria (of Marau)) Territory LostDiocese of Passo Fundo, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil Territory Added
4 MayDiocese of Nagasaki, Japan ElevatedArchdiocese of Nagasaki, Japan Elevated
4 MayDiocese of Fukuoka, Japan (from Tōkyō) Metropolitan Changed
4 MayDiocese of Kagoshima, Japan (from Tōkyō) Metropolitan Changed
15 MayVicariate Apostolic of Aitape, Papua New Guinea (Remaining parts of Maprik) Territory LostVicariate Apostolic of Wewak, Papua New Guinea Territory Added
15 MayVicariate Apostolic of Wewak, Papua New Guinea (Remaining parts of Lumi) Territory LostVicariate Apostolic of Aitape, Papua New Guinea Territory Added
17 MayPontifical Lateran University, Roman Curia Name Changed
21 MayArchdiocese of Diégo-Suarez, Madagascar (Ambatondrazaka and Andilamena)
Archdiocese of Tananarive, Madagascar (Moramanga)
Territory LostDiocese of Ambatondrazaka, Madagascar Erected
23 MayDiocese of Tehuantepec, Oaxaca, México (Coatzacoalcos, Moloacán, Hidalgotitlán, Jáltipan de Morelos, Cosoleacaque, Texistepec, Oluta, Jésus Carranza, San Juan Evangelista, Mecayapan, Hueyapan de Ocampo, San Andrés Tuxtla, Playa Vicente, Chacaltianguis, and Tlacojalpan)
Archdiocese of Veracruz-Jalapa, México (Acula, Amatitlán, Ixmatlahuacan, Tlacotalpan, Saltabarranca, Lerdo de Tejada, and part of Cosamaloapan)
Territory LostDiocese of San Andrés Tuxtla, Veracruz, México Erected
23 MayArchdiocese of México, Federal District (Tlaxcala)
Archdiocese of Puebla de los Ángeles, México (Tlaxcala)
Territory LostDiocese of Tlaxcala, México Erected
23 MayArchdiocese of Antequera, Oaxaca, México (Yautepec, Mixes, and Choápa) Territory LostDiocese of Tehuantepec, Oaxaca, México Territory Added
4 JunArchdiocese of Delhi and Simla, India SplitArchdiocese of Delhi, India
Diocese of Simla, India (Ambala, Pattala, Karnal, and parts of Kangra (of Punjab); Mandi, Bilaspur, Mahasu, and Sirmur (or Sarmour) (of Himachal Pradesh))
Split
11 JunVicariate Apostolic of Northern Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea (Tresury, Shortlands and Choiseul and their neighbors, and Otong Java and their neighbors)
Vicariate Apostolic of Southern Solomon Islands, Solomon Islands (Santa Isabel and the neighboring islands and New Georgia and the neighboring islands)
Territory LostVicariate Apostolic of Western Solomon Islands, Solomon Islands Erected
11 JunVicariate Apostolic of Kitega, Burundi (Bujumbura and part of Muramvya (Bukeye, Muramvya, and Kiganda))
Vicariate Apostolic of Ngozi, Burundi (Bubanza)
Territory LostVicariate Apostolic of Usumbura, Burundi Erected
18 JunVicariate Apostolic of Alexishafen, Papua New Guinea
Vicariate Apostolic of Wewak, Papua New Guinea
Territory LostVicariate Apostolic of Mount Hagen, Papua New Guinea (Western Highlands) Erected
18 JunVicariate Apostolic of Alexishafen, Papua New Guinea (Eastern Highlands) Territory LostVicariate Apostolic of Goroka, Papua New Guinea Erected
18 JunVicariate Apostolic of Alexishafen, Papua New Guinea (Morobe) Territory LostVicariate Apostolic of Lae, Papua New Guinea Erected
20 JunDiocese of Sonora, México (Ciudad Obregón (Olim Cajeme), Guaymas, Bácum, Navojoa, Etchojoa, Huatabampo, Alamos, Quiriego, Rosario, Yécora, Onavas, La Colorada, San Javier, Mazatán, Villa Pesqueira, Suaqui Grande, Sahuaripa, Bacanora, Soyopa, Arivechi, Batuc, San Pedro de la ...) Territory LostDiocese of Ciudad Obregón, Sonora, México Erected
20 JunTerritorial Prelature of Foz do Iguaçu (Iguassú), Brazil (Campo Mourâo, Araruna, Cianorte, Cruzeiro d'Oeste, Engenheiro Beltrâo, Goioerê, Jussará, Manuel Ribas, Peabirú, Pitanga, Rondón, and Terra Boa) Territory LostDiocese of Campo Mourão, Parana, Brazil Erected
20 JunArchdiocese of Concepción (Santissima Concezione), Chile (Biobío)
Diocese of Temuco, Chile (Collipulli (in Malleco))
Territory LostDiocese of Los Angeles, Chile Erected
20 JunArchdiocese of Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil (Santa Cruz do Sul, Arroio do Meio, Candelaria, Encantado, Encruzilhada do Sul, Lajeado, Rio Pardo, Venancio Aires, Vera Cruz, and Arvorezinha) Territory LostDiocese of Santa Cruz do Sul, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil Erected
20 JunTerritorial Prelature of Foz do Iguaçu (Iguassú), Brazil (Cascavel, Foz do Iguaçii, Guaira, Guaraniaçu, Laranjeiras do Sul, and Toledo along with Marquimho and Cantagalo and part of Goioxim) Territory LostDiocese of Toledo, Parana, Brazil Erected
24 JunCongregation of Saint John the Baptist Precursor Approbation
29 JunIstituto di Cristo Redentore Founded
30 JunVicariate Apostolic of Bukavu, Congo (Dem. Rep.) Territory LostVicariate Apostolic of Goma, Congo (Dem. Rep.) Erected
30 JunVicariate Apostolic of Hiroshima, Japan ElevatedDiocese of Hiroshima, Japan Elevated
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