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 In the Conferences 2009


January - March


Appointed: Fr. Franco Mulakkal (Aippunny), auxiliary bishop of Delhi, India; Fr. Binay Kandulna, auxiliary bishop of Ranchi, India: Fr. Ignatius Loyola Mascarenhas, bishop of Simla and Chandigarh, India; Fr. Sebastian Francis Shah O.F.M., auxiliary bishop of Lahore, Pakistan; Fr. Francis Xavier Vira Arpondratana, bishop of Chiang Mai, Thailand; Fr. Augustinus Kim Jong-soo, auxiliary bishop of Daejeon, Korea; Fr. Vincent Nguyên Van Ban, Bishop of Ban Mê Thuôt, Viêt Nam, Bishop Justin Saw Min Thide, from auxiliary bishop of Yangon to bishop of Hpa-an, Myanmar.

Nominated: Benedict XVI named Msgr. Joseph Spiteri, 49, Archbishop and Apostolic Nuncio to Sri Lanka.


Succeeded: Archbishop Anicetus Bongsu Antonius Sinaga, O.F.M. Cap., archbishop of Medan, Indonesia.


Resigned: Bishop Joseph Sangal Surasarang, bishop of Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Retired: Archbishop Alfred Gonti Pius Datubara, O.F.M. Cap, archbishop of Medan, Indonesia; His Eminence Joseph Cardinal Zen S.D.B., bishop of Hong Kong.

Died: His Eminence Stephen Cardinal Kim, archbishop emeritus of Seoul, Korea (+86); Bishop Andrew Tsien Chih-chun, bishop-emeritus of Hualien, Taiwan R.O.C. (+83); His Eminence Cardinal Paul Joseph Pham Dinh Tung, archbishop emeritus of Hanoi, Vietnam (+89)


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April – July


Appointed: Bishop Thomas Dabre, from bishop of Vassai to bishop of Poona, India; Fr. Sebastian Kallupura, bishop of Buxar, India, Bishop Joseph Kariyil, from bishop of Panalur to bishop of Cochin, India; Fr. Selvister Ponnumuthan, bishop of Panalur , India; Fr. Arockia Sebastian Durairaj, S.V.D., bishop of Khandwa, India; Fr. Devprasad John Ganawa, S.V.D., bishop of Jhabua, India; Fr. Lawrence Subrata Howlader CSC, bishop of Chittagong, Bangladesh; Bishop Francis Xavier Kriengsak Kovithavanij, from bishop of Nakhon Sawan to archbishop of Bangkok, Thailand; Fr. Silvio Siripong Charatsri, bishop of Chanthaburi, Thailand; Fr. Edmund Woga CSsR, bishop of Weetabula, Indonesia; Bishop Harold Anthony Perera from bishop of Galle to bishop of Kurunegala, Sri Lanka;

Succeeded: Bishop John Barwa SVD, from coadjutor bishop to bishop of Rourkela, India; Bishop John Tong Hon, from coadjutor bishop to bishop of Hong Kong.

Died: Bishop emeritus George Marian Anathil SVD of Indore, India (+76).

Resigned: Bishop Zaccharias Cenita Jimenez, auxiliary bishop of Butuan, Philippines; Archbishop Daniel Acharuparambil, O.C.D, apostolic administrator of Cochin, India but remains as Archbishop of Verapoly, India; Bishop John Thattumkal, S.S.C., bishop of Cochin, India.

Retired: Bishop Alphonse Bilung SVD, bishop of Rourkela, India; Bishop Valerian D’Souza, bishop of Poona, India; Bishop Josephus Tethool MSC, auxiliary bishop of Amboina, Indonesia; Cardinal Michael Michai Kitbunchu, archbishop of Bangkok, Thailand; Bishop Lawrence Thienchai Samanchit, bishop of Chanthaburi, Thailand; Bishop Anthony Leopold Raymond Peiris, bishop of Kurunegala, Sri Lanka.


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August - December


Appointed: Bishop Hyginus Kin Hee-jong, from auxiliary bishop to coadjutor archbishop of Kwangju, Korea; Bishop Joel Zamudio Baylon, from bishop of Masbate to bishop of Legazpi, Philippines; Bishop Thomas Vu Dinh Hiêu, from auxiliary bishop to bishop of Xuan Loc, Vietnam; Fr. Stephen Tjephe, bishop of Loikaw, Myanmar; Fr. Joseph Pibul Visitnondachai, bishop of Nakhon Sawan, Thailand; Fr. John Vadakel CMI, bishop of Bijnor (Syro-Malabarese), India; Fr. Rufin Anthony, coadjutor bishop of Islamabad-Rawalpindi, Pakistan; Bishop Socrates Buenaventura Villegas, from bishop of Balanga to archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan, Philippines; Bishop Pierre Nguyên Van Dê SDB, from auxiliary bishop of Bùi Chu to bishop of Thái Binh, Vietnam; Fr. Joseph Nguyên Nang, bishop of Phát Diêm, Vietnam; Fr. Joseph Vu Duy Thong, bishop of Phan Thiêt, Vietnam.

Retired: Archbishop Oscar V. Cruz, archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan, Philippines; Bishop Gratian Mundadan CMI, bishop of Bijnor (Syro-Malabarese), India.

Resigned: Bishop Jose Mukala, bishop of Kohima, India

Died: Bishop John Sommeng Vorachak, vicar apostolique of Savvanakhet, Laos (+76); Bishop Jospeph Satoshi Fukahori, bishop-emeritus of Takamatsu, Japan (+85); Bishop Pudhota Chinniah Balaswamy, bishop-emeritus of Nellore, India (+81); Bishop Joseph Archaruparampil, archbishop of Verapoly, India (+70); Bishop Paul Lê Dac Trong, auxiliary bishop-emeritus of Hanoi, Vietnam; (+91).


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