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 In the Conferences 2005

April - June

Nominated: Fr. Bejoy Nocephorus D'Cruze. Bishop of Khulna, Bangladesh; Fr. Joseph Kariyil, bishop of Punalur, India; Fr. John Bosco Panya Kirtcharoen, bishop of Ratchaburi, Thailand; Bishop Paul Nguyen Thanh Hoan, from coadjutor bishop to bishop of Phan Thiet, Vietnam; Father Francoise Xavier Le Van Hong, auxiliary bishop of Hue, Vietnam; Bishop Lazarus You Heung-Sik, from coadjutor bishop to bishop of Taejeon, South Korea; Bishop Nestor C. Carino, from auxiliary bishop of Daet to bishop of Legazpi, Philippines; Bishop Artemio L. Rillera, SVD, from bishop of Bangued to bishop of San Fernando, La Union, Philippines; Father Yvon Ambroise, bishop of Tuticorin, India; Bishop Malayappan Chinnappa, SDB, from bishop of Vellore to archbishop of Madras and Mylapore, India; Father Jebalamai Susaimanickam, coadjutor bishop of Sivagangai, India; Father Jerzy Maculewicz, OFM Conv., apostolic administrator of Uzbekistan.

Appointed: Msgr. Alberto Bottari de Castello, Apostolic Nuncio to Japan

Retired: Bishop Michael Artul D'Rozario, bishop of Khulna, Bangladesh; Bishop Mathias Kappil, bishop of Punalur, India; Bishop Jose c. Sorra, bishop of Legazpi, Philippines; Bishop Nicholas Huynh Van Nghi, bishop of Phan Thiet, Vietnam; Bishop Joseph Kyeong Kap-ryong, bishop of Teajeon, South. Korea; Father Krzysztof Kukulka, OFM Conv., apostolic administrator of Uzbekistan.

Deceased: Bishop Petrus Malachias van Diepen, OSA, (+87), bishop emeritus of Mankwari-Sorong, Indonesia; Bishop Vicente Salgado y Garrucho, (+69), bishop emeritus of Romblon, Philippines.

A meeting of the Central Committee of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences (FABC) is in preparation for April 2008 in Bangkok. One of the main points of the agenda is the preparation for the 9th Plenary Assembly of the Federation foreseen for January 2009 in Bangalore, India. Together with the Central Committee also the nine offices of the Federation will meet to report to the Central Committee but also to contribute to the Plenary 2009 with the theme "Living the Eucharist in Asia." The Office of Social Communication has already taken up the theme under communication perspective in the last annual meeting of Asian communication bishops in November. The Office of Education will follow in a similar way in 2008.

The Central Committee of the FABC is composed of the presidents of the member-bishops' conferences.


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July - September



Nominated: Archbishop Louis Chamniern Santisukniram, from bishop of Nakhon Sawan to Archbishop of Thare & Nonseng, Thailand; Fr. Anthony Allwyn Fernandes Barreto, bishop of Sindhudurg, India; Fr. Robert Miranda, bishop of Gulbarga, India; Bishop Oswald Lewsi, from coadjutor bishop of Meerut to bishop of Jaipur, India; Bishop Paulinus Costa, from bishop of Rajshani to Archbishop of Dhaka, Bangladesh; Msgr. Jose Rojas Jr., auxiliary bishop of Caceres, Philippines.

Retired: Archbishop Michael Rozario, archbishop of Dhaka, Bangladesh; Bishop Salvador T. Modesto, auxiliary bishop of San Carlos, Philippines.

Died: Cardinal Jaime Lachica Sin (+76), archbishop emeritus of Manila, Philippines; Bishop Thomas Kozhimala (+65), bishop of Bhagalpur, India; Bishop Sylvester Monteiro (+72), bishop of Aurangabad, India; Bishop Pierre-Jean Trân Xuân Hap (+84), bishop emeritus of Vinh, Vietnam; Archbishop Dominic Vendragon (+95), archbishop emeritus of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


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October - December



Nominated: Bishop Jebalamai Susaimanickam, from coadjutor bishop to bishop of Sivagangai, India; Fr. Jacinto Agcaoili Jose, bishop of Urdaneta, Philippines; Fr. Renato Pine Mayugba, auxiliary bishop of Lingayen-Dagupan, Philippines; Bishop Thomas Nguyen Van Tram, from auxiliary bishop of Xuan Loc to bishop of Ba Ria, Vietnam; Fr. Joseph Vo Duc Minh, coadjutor bishop of Nha Trang, Vietnam; Fr. Pierre Nguyen Van De, sdb, auxiliary bishop of Bui Chu, Vietnam.

Elected to Postsynodal Council of Bishops: Cardinal Telesphore Toppo, archbishop of Ranchi, India; Bishop Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, sdb bishop of Hong Kong; Bishop Luis Antonio Tagle, bishop of Imus, Philippines.

Retired: Bishop Edward Francis, bishop of Sivagangai, India



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