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Thursday, January 20, 2022

THE TEN LIVING COUNCIL FATHERS OF THE SECOND VATICAN COUNCIL 

With the death of Bishop Eloy Tato Losada, I.E.M.E., on 18 January 2022, there are only ten living council fathers of the Second Vatican Council (1962- 1965).

Bishop Rémi Joseph De Roo, emeritus of Victoria, Canada, attended all four council sessions.

Bishop Laurent Noël, emeritus of Trois-Rivières, Canada; Bishop Luigi Bettazzi, emeritus of Ivrea, Italy; and Archbishop Victorinus Kong-hi Youn, emeritus of Kwangju, South Korea, attended sessions two, three, and four.

Bishop José de Jesús Sahagún de la Parra, emeritus of Ciudad Lázaro Cárdenas, Mexico, attended sessions one, two, and four.

Bishop Gérard-Joseph Deschamps, S.M.M., emeritus of Bereina, Papua New Guinea, attended sessions two and four.

Archbishop Alphonse Mathias, emeritus of Bangalore, India, attended sessions three and four.

Cardinal Francis Arinze, former Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship & the Discipline of the Sacraments; Archbishop Gabino Díaz Merchán, emeritus of Oviedo, Spain; and Bishop Daniel Alphonse Omer Verstraete, O.M.I., emeritus of Klerksdorp, South Africa, attended session four. 

 The Longest Serving Living Bishop has died 

 

On 18 January 2022, Bishop Eloy Tato Losada, I.E.M.E., Bishop emeritus of Magangué, Colombia, ended his earthly journey and returned to the house of the Father. His death occurred at 9:30 p.m. in the hospital in the town of O Barco de Valdeorras, Spain.

At the time of his death, Bishop Tato held several distinctions in the hierarchy of the Catholic Church:

·        He was the longest serving living bishop by date of episcopal ordination. He was ordained Titular Bishop of Cardicium and Vicar Apostolic of San Jorge, Colombia, on 25 July 1960 in the cathedral of Astorga, Spain.

·        He was one of only three living bishops appointed during the pontificate of Pope St. John XXIII.

·        He was one of eleven living council fathers of the Second Vatican Council.

·        He was the oldest living Spanish-born bishop.

 

Descanse en paz – Requiescat in pace – Rest in peace.

 

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

 

POPE GREGORY XIII – HIS ORDINATIONS AS SUBDEACON, DEACON, PRIEST, and BISHOP


My friend and research colleague Angelo Tavazza has made an excellent discovery. In reviewing the inventory of the Archivio Boncompagni-Ludovisi of the Vatican Secret Archives, he found references to the ordinations of Ugo Boncompagni, the future Pope Gregory XIII, as subdeacon, deacon, priest, and bishop. He obtained scans of the certificates of ordination of Ugo Boncompagni to the three major orders and of his consecration as bishop.

In 2008, the inventory of the Boncompagni-Ludovisi collection kept in the Vatican Secret Archives was published. [Collectanea Archivi Vaticani 63] Archivio Boncompagni Ludovisi : inventario. Vol 3 : (bb. 564-712). Città del Vaticano Archivio Segreto Vaticano, 2008.  p. 74.

 In volume 3, the content of file 592 contains:

  folder 2 (ff 3-5) the certificate of ordination of Ugo Boncompagni as subdeacon,  deacon, and priest;

 folder 3 (ff 6-8) the certificate of consecration of Ugo Boncompagni as Bishop of Vieste.

 On 20 July 1558 Ugo Boncompagni was appointed Bishop of Vieste. He was ordained subdeacon, deacon, and priest on 31 July 1558 at Rome, in the chapel of relics of the sacristy of St. Peter’s Basilica by Bishop Girolamo Maccabei of Castro in Lazio.

 On 6 August 1558, Father Ugo Boncompagni was consecrated Bishop of Vieste at Rome, in the Sistine Chapel, by Bishop Girolamo Maccabei of Castro in Lazio, assisted by Bishop Baldo Ferratini of Lipari and Bishop Ludovico Simonetta of Pesaro.

 Bishop Boncompagni resigned the see of Vieste in 1560 and was created a cardinal in 1565. He was elected Pope on 13 May 1572, taking the name of Gregory XIII. He died in Rome on 10 April 1585.


Monday, September 6, 2021

 

ONE LESS BISHOP IN THE D’ESTOUTEVILLE LINE

 Bishop Claude-Joseph Félix Louis Azéma, Titular Bishop of Murcona and former Auxiliary of the Archdiocese of Montpellier, France, died during the night of 5 September 2021 at Montpellier, in the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire. May he rest in peace.

 With his death, the d’Estouteville line is comprised of 40 living members. Here is the updated list:

Maria Callist Soosa Packiam, Archbishop of Trivandrum of the Latins

Francis Kallarakal, Archbishop emeritus of Verapoly

Malayappan Chinnappa, S.D.B., Archbishop emeritus of Madras and Mylapore

Vincent Louis Marie Landel, S.C.J. de Beth., Archbishop emeritus of Rabat

Joseph Luechai Thatwisai, Bishop of Udon Thani, Thailand

Philip Banchong Chaiyara, C.Ss.R., Bishop of Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand

Sebastian Thekethecheril, Bishop of Vijayapuram

Selvister Ponnumuthan, Bishop of Punalur

Christudas Rajappan, Titular Bishop of Avitta Bibba, Auxiliary of Trivandrum of the Latins

Mathew Cheriannkunnel, P.I.M.E., Bishop emeritus of Kurnool

Innayya Chinna Addagatla, Bishop emeritus of Srikakulam

Paul Maipan, Bishop of Khammam

Singaroyan Sebastianappan, Bishop emeritus of Salem

Peter Remigius, Bishop emeritus of Kottar

Jerome Das Varuvel, S.D.B., Bishop emeritus of Kuzhithurai

Amalraj Arulappan, Bishop of Ootacamund

Antonysamy Francis, Bishop of Kumbakonam

Devadoss Ambrose Mariadoss, Bishop of Tanjore

Nazarene Soosai, Bishop of Kottar

 *Laurent Ulrich, Archbishop of Lille

*Yves Boivineau, Bishop of Annecy

*Alain Planet, Bishop of Carcassonne et Narbonne

*Philippe Christory, Bishop of Chartres

*Michel Pansard, Bishop of Evry-Corbeil-Essonnes

*François Jacolin, M.D.P., Bishop of Luçon

*Jean-Christophe Lagleize, Bishop of Metz

*Jean-Marie Le Vert, Titular Bishop of Briançonnet and Auxiliary of Bordeaux

*Antoine Henry Pierre Marie Hérouard, Titular Bishop of Maillezais and Auxiliary of Lille

*Jean-Paul Vuillemin, Titular Bishop of Thérouanne and Auxiliary of Metz

*Armand Maillard, Archbishop emeritus of Bourges

*Hubert Barbier, Archbishop emeritus of Bourges

*Guy Thomazeau, Archbishop emeritus of Montpellier

*Bernard Aubertin, O.Cist., Archbishop emeritus of Tours

*Gilbert Louis, Bishop emeritus of Châlons

*Bernard Housset, Bishop emeritus of La Rochelle

*Jean-Charles Thomas, Bishop emeritus of Versailles

*Gérard Coliche, Titular Bishop of Alet and former Auxiliary of Lille

*Alphonse Georger, Bishop emeritus of Oran

 **Raphaël Dabiré Kusiélé, Bishop of Diébougou

**Jean Baptiste Kpiéle Somé, Bishop emeritus of Diébougou

 The bishops with an * are the original d'Estouteville group plus additions to their number since the combination of other lineages.  The two bishops with ** are those who were previously known as the Ravizza line.

 

Thursday, June 24, 2021

 One less bishop in the d’Estouteville line


Bishop Paul Eusebius Mea Kaiuea, M.S.C., Bishop emeritus of Tarawa and Nauru, Kiribati, died on 24 June 2021 in the Tungaru Central Hospital, Nawerewere, Tarawa.  May he rest in peace.

It should be noted that Bishop Mea Kaiuea was among a handful of bishops who were previously known as members of the Ravizza line, a line which was discovered to be part of the d'Estouteville line. 

His death reduces the number of living members of the d’Estouteville line to 41. Here is the updated list:

Maria Callist Soosa Packiam, Archbishop of Trivandrum of the Latins

Francis Kallarakal, Archbishop emeritus of Verapoly

Malayappan Chinnappa, S.D.B., Archbishop emeritus of Madras and Mylapore

Vincent Louis Marie Landel, S.C.J. de Beth., Archbishop emeritus of Rabat

Joseph Luechai Thatwisai, Bishop of Udon Thani, Thailand

Philip Banchong Chaiyara, C.Ss.R., Bishop of Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand

Sebastian Thekethecheril, Bishop of Vijayapuram

Selvister Ponnumuthan, Bishop of Punalur

Christudas Rajappan, Titular Bishop of Avitta Bibba, Auxiliary of Trivandrum of the Latins

Mathew Cheriannkunnel, P.I.M.E., Bishop emeritus of Kurnool

Innayya Chinna Addagatla, Bishop emeritus of Srikakulam

Paul Maipan, Bishop of Khammam

Singaroyan Sebastianappan, Bishop emeritus of Salem

Peter Remigius, Bishop emeritus of Kottar

Jerome Das Varuvel, S.D.B., Bishop emeritus of Kuzhithurai

Amalraj Arulappan, Bishop of Ootacamund

Antonysamy Francis, Bishop of Kumbakonam

Devadoss Ambrose Mariadoss, Bishop of Tanjore

Nazarene Soosai, Bishop of Kottar

 

*Laurent Ulrich, Archbishop of Lille

*Yves Boivineau, Bishop of Annecy

*Alain Planet, Bishop of Carcassonne et Narbonne

*Philippe Christory, Bishop of Chartres

*Michel Pansard, Bishop of Evry-Corbeil-Essonnes

*François Jacolin, M.D.P., Bishop of Luçon

*Jean-Christophe Lagleize, Bishop of Metz

*Jean-Marie Le Vert, Titular Bishop of Briançonnet and Auxiliary of Bordeaux

*Antoine Henry Pierre Marie Hérouard, Titular Bishop of Maillezais and Auxiliary of Lille

*Jean-Paul Vuillemin, Titular Bishop of Thérouanne and Auxiliary of Metz

*Armand Maillard, Archbishop emeritus of Bourges

*Hubert Barbier, Archbishop emeritus of Bourges

*Guy Thomazeau, Archbishop emeritus of Montpellier

*Bernard Aubertin, O.Cist., Archbishop emeritus of Tours

*Gilbert Louis, Bishop emeritus of Châlons

*Bernard Housset, Bishop emeritus of La Rochelle

*Jean-Charles Thomas, Bishop emeritus of Versailles

*Gérard Coliche, Titular Bishop of Alet and former Auxiliary of Lille

*Claude-Joseph Azéma, Titular Bishop of Murcona and former Auxiliary of Montpellier

*Alphonse Georger, Bishop emeritus of Oran

 

**Raphaël Dabiré Kusiélé, Bishop of Diébougou

**Jean Baptiste Kpiéle Somé, Bishop emeritus of Diébougou

 The bishops with an * are the original d'Estouteville group plus additions to their number since the combination of other lineages.  The two bishops with ** are those who were previously known as the Ravizza line.


Tuesday, May 4, 2021

 

Another death in the d’Estouteville line

Archbishop Antony Anandarayar, Archbishop emeritus of Pondicherry and Cuddalore, died on 4 May 2021 in St. Thomas Hospital, Chennai, from complications of Covid-19. May he rest in peace.

His death reduces the number of living members of the d’Estouteville line to 42. Here is the updated list.

Maria Callist Soosa Packiam, Archbishop of Trivandrum of the Latins

Francis Kallarakal, Archbishop emeritus of Verapoly

Malayappan Chinnappa, S.D.B., Archbishop emeritus of Madras and Mylapore

Vincent Louis Marie Landel, S.C.J. de Beth., Archbishop emeritus of Rabat

Joseph Luechai Thatwisai, Bishop of Udon Thani, Thailand

Philip Banchong Chaiyara, C.Ss.R., Bishop of Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand

Sebastian Thekethecheril, Bishop of Vijayapuram

Selvister Ponnumuthan, Bishop of Punalur

Christudas Rajappan, Titular Bishop of Avitta Bibba, Auxiliary of Trivandrum of the Latins

Mathew Cheriannkunnel, P.I.M.E., Bishop emeritus of Kurnool

Innayya Chinna Addagatla, Bishop emeritus of Srikakulam

Paul Maipan, Bishop of Khammam

Singaroyan Sebastianappan, Bishop emeritus of Salem

Peter Remigius, Bishop emeritus of Kottar

Jerome Das Varuvel, S.D.B., Bishop emeritus of Kuzhithurai

Amalraj Arulappan, Bishop of Ootacamund

Antonysamy Francis, Bishop of Kumbakonam

Devadoss Ambrose Mariadoss, Bishop of Tanjore

Nazarene Soosai, Bishop of Kottar

 

*Laurent Ulrich, Archbishop of Lille

*Yves Boivineau, Bishop of Annecy

*Alain Planet, Bishop of Carcassonne et Narbonne

*Philippe Christory, Bishop of Chartres

*Michel Pansard, Bishop of Evry-Corbeil-Essonnes

*François Jacolin, M.D.P., Bishop of Luçon

*Jean-Christophe Lagleize, Bishop of Metz

*Jean-Marie Le Vert, Titular Bishop of Briançonnet and Auxiliary of Bordeaux

*Antoine Henry Pierre Marie Hérouard, Titular Bishop of Maillezais and Auxiliary of Lille

*Jean-Paul Vuillemin, Titular Bishop of Thérouanne and Auxiliary of Metz

*Armand Maillard, Archbishop emeritus of Bourges

*Hubert Barbier, Archbishop emeritus of Bourges

*Guy Thomazeau, Archbishop emeritus of Montpellier

*Bernard Aubertin, O.Cist., Archbishop emeritus of Tours

*Gilbert Louis, Bishop emeritus of Châlons

*Bernard Housset, Bishop emeritus of La Rochelle

*Jean-Charles Thomas, Bishop emeritus of Versailles

*Gérard Coliche, Titular Bishop of Alet and former Auxiliary of Lille

*Claude-Joseph Azéma, Titular Bishop of Murcona and former Auxiliary of Montpellier

*Alphonse Georger, Bishop emeritus of Oran

 

**Raphaël Dabiré Kusiélé, Bishop of Diébougou

**Paul Eusebius Mea Kaiuea, M.S.C., Bishop emeritus of Tarawa

**Jean Baptiste Kpiéle Somé, Bishop emeritus of Diébougou

 The bishops with an * are the original d'Estouteville group plus additions to their number since the combination of other lineages.  The bishops with ** are those who were previously known as the Ravizza line. 

 

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

 

The oldest living Catholic bishop has died

The Most Reverend Damián Iguacén Borau, Bishop emeritus of San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Tenerife, Spain, died on 24 November 2020 in Huesca, Spain, at the age of 104.

At the time of his death, Bishop Iguacén Borau was the oldest living Catholic bishop in the world. He had held that distinction since 21 June 2020.

 Requiescat in pace.