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 In the Conferences 2015


January - March

Created Cardinal: Archbishop Pierre Nguyên Van Nhon, Archbishop of Ha Noi, Vietnam; Archbishop Charles Maung Bo, S.D.B., Archbishop of Yangon, Myanmar; Archbishop Francis Xavier Kriengsak Kovithavanij, Archbishop of Bangkok, Thailand.


Appointed: Bishop Adelio Dell'Oro, Apostolic Administrator of Atyrau as Bishop of Karaganda, Kazakhstan; Bishop Basílio do Nascimento, Bishop of Baucau as Apostolic Administrator of Díli, East Timor; Bishop Ystinus Harjosusanto, M.S.F., Bishop of Tanjung Selor as Archbishop of Samarinda, Indonesia; Bishop Jacob Mar Barnabas Aerath, OIC, Apostolic visitor for the Syro-Malankars as Bishop of St. John Chrysostom of Gurgaon of the Syro-Malankars, India; Bishop Thomas Mar Anthonios Valiyavilayil, Bishop of Trivandrum of the Syro-Malankars as Apostolic Exarch of Saint Ephrem of Khadki of the Syro-Malankars, India; Bishop Michael Goro Matsuura, Auxiliary Bishop of Osaka as Bishop of Nagoya, Japan.


Retired: Bishop Alberto Ricardo da Silva,* Bishop Emeritus of Díli, East Timor; Bishop Augustinus Jun-ichi Nomura, Bishop Emeritus of Nagoya, Japan.

Editorial note: * Bishop Alberto Ricardo da Silva passed away on April 2, 2015.

Died: Archbishop Paulinus Costa, (+78), Archbishop Emeritus of Dhaka, Bangladesh; Bishop Thomas Bhalerao, S.J., (+82), Bishop Emeritus of Nashik, India; Bishop Joseph Devellerez Thaung Shwe, (+79), Bishop Emeritus of Pyay, Myanmar.



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April - June


Appointed: Fr. Vincent Aind as Bishop of Bagdogra, India; Bishop Basilio Athai, Auxiliary Bishop of Taunggyi, Myanmar as Apostolic Administrator of the same archdiocese; Fr. Valentin Cabbigat Dimoc as Apostolic Vicar of Bontoc-Lagawe, Philippines; Fr. Ambrose Rebello as Bishop of Aurangabad, India; Fr. Dariusz Buras as Apostolic Administrator of Atyrau, Kazakhstan; Archbishop Ghaleb Moussa Abdalla Bader, Apostolic Nuncio of Algiers, Algeria as Apostolic Nuncio to Pakistan; Fr. Benny Mario Travas as Bishop of Multan, Pakistan; Fr. Eugene Joseph as Bishop of Varanasi, India; Fr. Christian Noel Emmanuel as Bishop of Trincomalee, Sri Lanka; Bishop Joseph Dinh Duc Dao, Auxiliary Bishop of the Xuan Loc, Vietnam as Coadjutor of the same diocese; Bishop Thomas Ignatius Macwan, Bishop of Ahmedabad as Archbishop of Gandhinagar, India; Msgr. Victor C. Ocampo as Bishop of Gumaca, Philippine.


Retired: Archbishop Matthias U. Shwe, Archbishop Emeritus of Taunggyi, Myanmar; Bishop Edwin Colaco, Bishop Emeritus of Aurangabad, India; Bishop Joseph Kingsley Swampillai, Bishop Emeritus of Trincomalee, Sri Lanka; Archbishop Stanislaus Fernandes, S.J., Archbishop Emeritus of Gandhinagar, India.

Died: Bishop Alberto Ricardo da Silva, (+71),Bishop Emeritus of Dili, East Timor; Bishop Elmo Noel Joseph Perera, (+82), Bishop Emeritus of Galle, Sri Lanka; Bishop Symphorian Thomas Keeprath, O.F.M. Cap., (+84), Bishop Emeritus of Jullundur, India; Bishop Nicolas Huynh Van Nghi, (+88), Bishop Emeritus of Phan Thiet, Vietnam; Bishop Peter Celestine Elampassery, O.F.M. Cap., (+76), Bishop Emeritus of Jammu-Srinagar, India.



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July - September


Appointed: Msgr. Dennis Villarojo and Fr. Oscar L. Florencio as Auxiliary Bishops of the Archdiocese of Cebu, Philippines; Fr. Simon Poh Hoon Seng as Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Kuching, Malaysia; Fr. Benedictus Son Hee-Song as Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Seoul, Korea; Fr. Basil Bhuriya, S.V.D. as Bishop of Jhabua, India; Fr. Joseph Kodakallil as Bishop of Satna of the Syro-Malabars, India; Fr. John Moon Hee Jong as Auxiliary Bishop of Suwon, Korea; Fr. Anthony Prince Panengaden, Bishop of the Eparchy of Adilabad of the Syro-Malabars, India; Fr. Antony Kariyil C.M.I., Bishop (Eparchal Vicar) of Mandya of the Syro-Malabars, India.


Retired: Bishop Joseph Kunnath, C.M.I., Bishop Emeritus of the Eparchy of Adilabad of the Syro-Malabars, India.

Died: Bishop Fransiskus Xaverius Rocharjanta Prajasuta, M.S.F., (+83), Bishop Emeritus of Banjarmasin, Indonesia; Bishop Francisco Capiral San Diego, (+79), Bishop Emeritus of Pasig, Philippines.



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October - December


Appointed: Fr. Luy Gonzaga Nguyen Hung Vi as Bishop of Kontum, Vietnam; Fr. Peter Huynh Van Hai as Bishop of Vinh Long, Vietnam; Msgr. Justin Bernard Gnanapragasam as Bishop of Jaffna, Sri Lanka; Bishop Pablo Virgilio Siongco David, Auxiliary Bishop of San Fernando as Bishop of Kalookan, Philippines; Fr. Anthony Bernard Paul as Bishop of Melaka-Johor, Malaysia; Bishop Francisco Mendoza De Leon as Coadjutor Bishop of Antipolo, Philippines; Bishop David William V. Antonio, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia, Philippines, as Apostolic Administrator “sede plena” of the Apostolic Vicariate of San Jose in Mindoro, Philippines; Fr. Emmanuel Nguyen Hong Son as Coadjutor Bishop of Ba Ria, Vietnam; Fr. Joseph Raja Rao Thelegathoti, S.M.M. as Bishop of Vijayawada, India and Bishop Joji Govindu, Bishop of Nalgonda, ceased to be the Apostolic Administrator; Bishop Subroto Lawrence Howlader, C.S.C., Auxiliary of Chittagong as first Bishop of the new diocese of Barisal, Bangladesh.


Retired: Bishop Emilio L. Bataclan, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Cebu, Philippines; Bishop Michael Hoang Duc Oanh, Bishop Emeritus of Kontum, Vietnam; Bishop Thomas Savundaranayagam Emmanuel, Bishop Emeritus of Jaffna, Sri Lanka; Bishop Paul Tan Chee Ing, S.J., Bishop Emeritus of Melaka-Johor, Malaysia.

Resigned: Bishop Devprasad John Ganawa, SVD, Bishop Emeritus of Udaipur, India.

Died: Bishop Ferdinand Joseph Fonseca, (+89), Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Bombay, India; Bishop Salvador Trane Modesto, (+85), Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of San Carlos, Philippines; Archbishop Johannes Maria Trilaksyanta Pujasumarta, (+65), Archbishop of Semarang, Indonesia; Bishop Federico Ocampo Escaler, S.J., (+93), Prelate Emeritus of Ipil, Philippines; Bishop Anthony Francis Sharma, S.J., (+77), Vicar Apostolic Emeritus of Nepal.



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