Nominations and Resignations

in a.d. 2019


Ghana Bishop John Bonaventure Kwofie, C.S.Sp., Bishop of Sekondi–Takoradi (Ghana), was promoted as Metropolitan Archbishop of Accra (Ghana)

Mexico Bishop Salvador Martínez Pérez, Bishop emeritus of Huejutla (Mexico), passed away at 85

Philippines Fr. Rex Andrew Clement Alarcon was elected Bishop of Daet (Philippines)


Argentina Bishop Jorge Ignacio García Cuerva, Titular Bishop of Lacubaza and Auxiliary Bishop of Lomas de Zamora (Argentina), was appointed as Bishop of Río Gallegos (Argentina)

Hong Kong Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung (楊鳴章), Bishop of Hong Kong 香港 (Hong Kong), passed away at 73

South Sudan Fr. Stephen Ameyu Martin Mulla was elected Bishop of Torit (South Sudan)


Chile Bishop Sergio Otoniel Contreras Navia, Bishop emeritus of Temuco (Chile), passed away at 92


India Bishop Aleixo das Neves Dias, S.F.X. resigned as Bishop of Port Blair (India)

Italy Abbot Emiliano Fabbricatore, O.S.B.I., Abbot Ordinary emeritus of Santa Maria di Grottaferrata of the Italo-Albanese (Italy) and Superior General emeritus of Italian Basilian Order of Grottaferrata, passed away at 80


Philippines Msgr. Marvyn Abrea Maceda was elected Bishop of San Jose de Antique (Philippines)


Brazil Bishop José Belvino do Nascimento, Bishop emeritus of Divinópolis (Brazil), passed away at 86

France Fr. Jean-Pierre Vuillemin was elected Titular Bishop of Thérouanne and Auxiliary Bishop of Metz (France)

Germany Archbishop Giorgio Zur, Apostolic Nuncio emeritus to Austria, passed away at 88

Syria Bishop Armando Bortolaso, S.D.B., Vicar Apostolic emeritus of Aleppo (Syria), passed away at 92


Brazil Fr. Walter Jorge Pinto was elected Bishop of União da Vitória (Brazil)

USA Bishop Joseph Lawson Howze, Bishop emeritus of Biloxi (USA), passed away at 95


Colombia Bishop Rafael Arcadio Bernal Supelano, C.SS.R., Bishop emeritus of Líbano–Honda (Colombia), passed away at 84

India Bishop Charles Soreng, S.J., Bishop emeritus of Hazaribag (India), passed away at 84


Papua New Guinea Bishop Christian Conrad Blouin, C.M.M., Bishop emeritus of Lae (Papua New Guinea), passed away at 77

Portugal Bishop Nuno Brás da Silva Martins, Titular Bishop of Elvas and Auxiliary Bishop of Lisboa (Portugal), was appointed as Bishop of Funchal (Portugal)

Portugal Bishop António José Cavaco Carrilho resigned as Bishop of Funchal (Portugal)


Colombia Fr. Hency Martínez Vargas was elected Bishop of La Dorada–Guaduas (Colombia)

Colombia Bishop Oscar Aníbal Salazar Gómez resigned as Bishop of La Dorada–Guaduas (Colombia)

Uruguay Bishop Roberto Reinaldo Cáceres González, Bishop emeritus of Melo (Uruguay), passed away at 97


Bolivia Bishop Gonzalo Ramiro de Jesús María del Castillo Crespo, O.C.D., Military Ordinary emeritus of Bolivia (Bolivia), passed away at 82


Italy Dr. Paolo Vian was appointed as Vice-Prefect of Vatican Secret Archives

Italy Prof. Paolo Cherubini resigned as Vice-Prefect of Vatican Secret Archives


Spain Bishop Cecilio Raúl Berzosa Martínez resigned as Bishop of Ciudad Rodrigo (Spain)


France Fr. Benoît Bertrand was elected Bishop of Mende (France)

India Bishop Yvon Ambroise resigned as Bishop of Tuticorin (India)

India Fr. Stephen Antony Pillai was elected Bishop of Tuticorin (India)

Italy Archbishop Guido Pozzo, Secretary of Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei”, was appointed as Superintendent of the Economy of Pontifical Musical Chorus of the Sistine Chapel

Italy Msgr. Guido Marini, Master of Papal Liturgical Celebrations of Office for the Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff, was appointed as Head of Pontifical Musical Chorus of the Sistine Chapel

Nigeria Fr. Francis Obafemi Adesina was elected Bishop of Ijebu-Ode (Nigeria)

Nigeria Bishop Albert Ayinde Fasina resigned as Bishop of Ijebu-Ode (Nigeria)

Spain Cardinal Luis Francisco Ladaria Ferrer, S.J. resigned as President of Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei”


Italy Archbishop Benvenuto Italo Castellani resigned as Archbishop of Lucca (Italy)

Italy Bishop Paolo Giulietti, Titular Bishop of Termini Imerese and Auxiliary Bishop of Perugia–Città della Pieve (Italy), was promoted as Archbishop of Lucca (Italy)


Italy Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu took possession as Cardinal-Deacon of S. Lino


USA Fr. Joseph L. Coffey was elected Titular Bishop of Arsacal and Auxiliary Bishop of the Military Ordinariate of United States of America (USA)

USA Fr. William J. Muhm was elected Titular Bishop of Capsus and Auxiliary Bishop of the Military Ordinariate of United States of America (USA)

USA Bishop John Mortimer Fourette Smith, Bishop emeritus of Trenton (USA), passed away at 83


Brazil Fr. José Benedito Cardoso was elected Titular Bishop of Castellum minus and Auxiliary Bishop of São Paulo (Brazil)


Spain Cardinal Aquilino Bocos Merino, C.M.F. took possession as Cardinal-Deacon of S. Lucia del Gonfalone

See Also

Recently Consecrated Bishops

Appointments in the Roman Curia

Appointments in Pontifical Representations

Appointments of Cardinals

Appointments in the Eastern Church

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