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Thursday, January 20, 2022


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.