21 May 2012

D’Errico named Croatia Nuncio

Archbishop Alessandro D’Errico was named Apostolic Nuncio to Croatia.

The post had been vacant since Archbishop Mario Roberto Cassari was named Apostolic Nuncio to South Africa to March 2012.

Archbishop D’Errico had been serving as Apostolic Nuncio to Bosnia-Herzegovina and to Montenegro.

14 May 2012

Yapaupa named Alindao Coadjutor

Bishop-elect Cyr-Nestor Yapaupa was named Coadjutor Bishop of Alindao, Central African Republic.

Nzapalainga named Bangui Archbishop

Archbishop-elect Dieudonné Nzapalainga, C.S.Sp. was named Archbishop of Bangui, Central African Republic.

The archdiocese had been vacant since the resignation of Archbishop Paulin Pomodimo in May 2009.

Nongo-Aziagbia named Bossangoa Bishop

Bishop-elect Nestor-Désiré Nongo-Aziagbia, S.M.A. was named Bishop of Bossangoa, Central African Republic.

The diocese had been vacant since the resignation of Bishop François-Xavier Yombandje in May 2009.

Agbenyadzi named Berbérati Bishop

Bishop-elect Dennis Kofi Agbenyadzi, S.M.A. was named Bishop of Berbérati, Central African Republic.

The diocese had been vacant since the retirement of Bishop Agostino Giuseppe Delfino, O.F.M. Cap. in June 2010.

McGuckin named Toowoomba Bishop

Bishop-elect Robert McGuckin was named Bishop of Toowoomba, Australia.

The diocese had been vacant since the removal of Bishop William Martin Morris in May 2011.

Bobadilla Mata retired, Ramazzini Imeri named Huehuetenango Bishop

Bishop Rodolfo Francisco Bobadilla Mata, C.M. retired and Bishop Alvaro Leonel Ramazzini Imeri was named Bishop of Huehuetenango, Guatemala.

Bishop Ramazzini Imeri had been serving as Bishop of San Marcos.

13 May 2012

Bishop Nguyên Van Thien Died (Emeritus of Vinh Long)

Bishop Antoine Nguyên Van Thien, Bishop Emeritus of Vinh Long, Viêt Nam, has died.

He was 106 years old and had served as a priest for 80 years and as a bishop for 51 years. He was the world's old living bishop. He also attended all 4 sessions of the Second Vatican Council.

May he rest in peace.

10 May 2012

Cheong Jin-Suk retired, Yeom Soo-jung named Seoul Archbishop

Nicholas Cardinal Cheong Jin-Suk retired and Archbishop-designate Andrew Yeom Soo-jung was named Archbishop of Seoul, Korea (South).

Archbishop-designate Yeom Soo-jung had been serving as Auxiliary Bishop of the same archdiocese.

Giraldo Jaramillo retired, Ospina Leongómez named Buga Bishop

Bishop Hernán Giraldo Jaramillo retired and Bishop José Roberto Ospina Leongómez was named Bishop of Buga, Colombia.

Bishop Ospina Leongómez had been serving as Auxiliary Bishop of Bogotá.

Happy Anniversary & Happy Birthday!!!

This year marks the 15th birthday of this project. Although the exact date was not recorded, it was started early in the year 1997 - and only consisted of 3 manually created and maintained pages.

It was originally started because, at the time, only a handful of dioceses around the world had websites. Simply put there was almost no information on the current (much less historical) Catholic Hierarchy on the web.

5 years later (and 10 years ago today), the website gained its new name and got its own domain: Statistics are only available from that time as well.

A more complete history of the project can be found on the site itself.

The site was "unified" (see the link above for more details) in August 2002 - meaning that is when it first covered the entire world. At that time it had entries for 8,700 bishops and 5,300 dioceses (current and historical).

Today the databases cover over 32,500 bishops (roughly 5,200 living, the rest historical). Dioceses are a bit more complicated - as that category now includes current dioceses (roughly 3,100), titular dioceses (roughly 2,200), Cardinal Titles (roughly 250), and historic dioceses make up the rest - totaling a bit over 9,100 now.

The databases also include over 220,000 bishop events, roughly 48,000 source references; 54,000 lineage records; 31,000 diocese statistical records; 12,800 diocese event records;  just under 2,000 external links; and a bit over 500 "group" records (consistories, conclaves, etc.) relating to over 17,000 bishop records.

In the past 10 years, people from around the world have visited the website 19 million times. During those visits that have viewed 123 million individual web pages. A total of roughly 2 terabytes of data.

In the average month (over the last year), there have been 116,000 unique visitors with 216,000 visits, viewing 1.2 million individual web pages.

Last month, the website had visitors from more than 165 countries! The top dozen were: USA, Poland, Italy, Vietnam, Germany, Brazil, France, Australia, Ghana, Mexico, Canada, and Belgium. Vatican City State even appears as #25.

All I can say is: Thank You!

I'm glad ya'll enjoy my little hobby!

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