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H.E. BISHOP PAUL HINDER, OFM CAP.
TITULAR BISHOP OF MACON
APOSTOLIC ADMINISTRATOR OF NORTHERN ARABIA



Episcopal Motto:
Iustitia et Pax et Gaudium (Justice and Peace and Joy)

Bishop Paul Hinder OFM Cap.


Bishop Paul Hinder was born in Bussnang TG, Switzerland, on 22 April 1942 to Wilhelm Hinder and Agnes Meile.

He joined the Franciscan Capuchin Order in 1962 and was ordained a priest on 4 July 1967. After specialized studies in Canon Law in Munich and Fribourg, he obtained his Doctorate in Theology in 1976. He was active as a professor, in the formation of young Capuchins, later as provincial in Switzerland and as General Councillor in Rome for the worldwide Capuchin Order.

On 20 December 2003, he was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Arabia and was ordained Bishop on 30 January 2004 in Abu Dhabi. On 21 March 2005 he succeeded Msgr. Bernardo Gremoli as Apostolic Vicar of Arabia (UAE, Oman, Yemen, Qatar, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia). In 2011, when the Vicariates of Kuwait and Arabia were reorganised into the Vicariates of Northern Arabia and Southern Arabia respectively, Bishop Paul became the first Apostolic Vicar of Southern Arabia which encompasses the UAE, Oman and Yemen.

Bishop Paul is a member of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant Peoples (presently absorbed into the Dicastery of Integral Human Development). He has also served as consultor to both the Congregation for the Evangalization of Peoples (for two consecutive five year terms beginning 2009) and to the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.

On 13 May 2020, Bishop Paul was appointed as the Apostolic Administrator of Northern Arabia (Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar and Saudi Arabia).

On 1 May 2022, the Holy Father appointed Bishop Paul as the Apostolic Administrator of the Apostolic Vicariate of Southern Arabia, following his retirement and and until the canonical installation of the newly appointed Apostolic Vicar Southern Arabia, Bishop Paulo Martinelli OFM Cap.





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May 2022: Statement of H.E. Bishop Paul Hinder concerning the newly appointed Apostolic Vicar of Southern Arabia

April 2022: H.E. Bishop Paul Hinder's Easter Message

April 2022: CHRISM MASS - Holy Family Co-Cathedral, Kuwait | Photos

December 2021: His Excellency Bishop Paul Hinder's Christmas Message 2021 to the Faithful

December 2021: Consecration of Our Lady of Arabia Cathedral, Awali, Bahrain

December 2021: Inauguration of the Our Lady of Arabia Cathedral, Awali, Bahrain

October 2021: Inaugural Mass of the Synodal Opening (AVOSA & AVONA)

October 2021: Synod Opening Message of H.E. Bishop Paul Hinder

August 2021: H.E. Bishop Paul Hinder's Pastoral Letter on the Synod: "Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you." (Zechariah 8:23).... READ THE DOCUMENT HERE

August 2021: H.E. Bishop Paul Hinder's Pastoral Visit to Kuwait (Aug 16 - 22).... VIEW THE ALBUM

March / April 2021: H.L. Bishop Paul Hinder's Pastoral Letter (2021): "Get up, Take the Child and His Mother and Go! (Matthew 2:20)".... ENGLISH (.PDF)   |  MALAYALAM (.PDF)

February 2021: Video: H.E. Bishop Paul Hinder's Message for World Day of Human Fraternity - 4th February 2021

December 2020: Video: H.E. Bishop Paul Hinder's Christmas Message to the Faithful

September 2020: Letter of Condolence from H.E. Bishop Paul Hinder on the death of the Emir of Kuwait

August 2020: H.E. Bishop Paul Hinder's Pastoral Letter (2020): "IN the World, NOT OF the World"
ENGLISH (.PDF)   |  ARABIC (.PDF)   |  TAGALOG (.PDF)   |  SPANISH (.PDF)
FRENCH (.PDF)  |  ITALIAN (.PDF)  |  MALAYALAM (.PDF)   |  TAMIL (.PDF)

August 2020: Video: H.E. Bishop Paul Hinder Introduces his Pastoral Letter "IN the World, NOT OF the World"

June 2020: H.E. Bishop Paul Hinder's Letter to the Faithful of Northern Arabia




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Bishop's House
St. Joseph's P.O. Box 54
Abu Dhabi
U.A.E.

Tel: +971 2 446 1895
Fax: +971 2 446 5177
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