VATICAN - The missionary world at the opening of the Council: in a year 40 new Bishops in missions

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) – In the overview of "The Missionary Year 1961-1962", published in the August 4, 1962 edition, Fides Agency emphasizes the significant number of new Bishops appointed in mission territories over the last year. "From September 1961 to the end of July 1962, the Holy Father elevated to the Episcopate 40 priests for the territories of S.C. 'De Propaganda Fide'. Of these, 11 are African, 18 European, 6 Asians, 3 Americans and 2 from Oceania. According to the places they occupy, they are divided as follows: 5 residential archbishops, 24 bishops residential, 2 coadjutors, 7 auxiliaries and 2 apostolic vicars. The territories - diocese or vicariate - at the head of which the above prelates were placed, 23 are in Africa, 11 in Asia, 4 in Oceania, 1 in Europe and 1 in South America. The titular appointed this year to 10 metropolitan vacant seats situated in the territories of the S.C. 'de Propaganda Fide' are 6 Africans, 2 Asians, 1 American (USA) and 1 French." (SL) (Agenzia Fides 18/10/2012)