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TimelineThe Vicariate of Kuwait is now the Apostolic Vicariate of Northern Arabia which includes Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. The decree from the Holy See came into effect on May 31, 2011.





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Apostolic Vicars: Bishops accredited to Kuwait


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History in Brief:

His Lordship Bishop Camillo Ballin, MCCJ, is the first and present Apostolic Vicar of Northern Arabia (Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia). His Lordship assumed the title on May 31, 2011, the day on which the new ecclesiastical territory of the Apostolic Vicariate of Northern Arabia came into existence. Prior to this date, he was Apostolic Vicar of Kuwait (2005 - 2011), overseeing the Apostolic Vicariate of Kuwait.

See also: Reorganisation of the two Vicariates of the Arabian Peninsula







H.L. BISHOP UBALDO TEOFANO STELLA, OCD

H.L. Bishop Ubaldo Teofano Stella, OCD (Deceased)
FIRST VICAR APOSTOLIC OF KUWAIT (1955 - 1966)

H.L. Bishop Stella was born on 14th July 1910 in Cassano d'Adda, Italy. On 28th October 1932, he was ordained Priest of the Order of Discalced Carmelites. He served as First Vicar Apostolic of Kuwait from 4th June 1955 until 1966.

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H.L. BISHOP VICTOR SAN MIGUEL, OCD

H.L. Bishop Victor San Miguel, OCD (Deceased)
SECOND VICAR APOSTOLIC OF KUWAIT (1976 - 1981)

H.L. Bishop San Miguel was born on 21st April 1904 in Lequeitio, Spain. On 1st June 1928, he was ordained Priest of the Order of Discalced Carmelites. He served as Second Vicar Apostolic of Kuwait from 16th July 1976 until 5th November 1981.

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H.L. BISHOP FRANCIS MICALLEF, OCD

H.L. Bishop Francis Micallef, OCD (Retired)
THIRD VICAR APOSTOLIC OF KUWAIT (1982 - 2005)

H.L. Bishop Francis Micallef was born on 17th December 1928 in Birkirkara, Malta. On 9th May 1954, he was ordained Priest of the Order of Discalced Carmelites. He served as Third Vicar Apostolic of Kuwait from 15th January 1982 until 14th July 2005.

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H.L. BISHOP CAMILLO BALLIN, MCCI

H.L. Bishop Camillo Ballin, MCCJ (Present..)
FIRST APOSTOLIC VICAR OF NORTHERN ARABIA (2011) FOURTH APOSTOLIC VICAR OF KUWAIT (2005 - 2011)

H.L. Bishop Camillo Ballin is the first Apostolic Vicar of Northern Arabia. He was born on 24th June 1944 in Fontaniva, Padua, Italy. On 30th March 1969, he was ordained Priest of the Comboni Missionaries of the Heart of Jesus. He was appointed Fourth Vicar Apostolic of Kuwait on 2nd September 2005. On May 31, 2011, H.L. Bishop Camillo Ballin was appointed Apostolic Vicar of Northern Arabia.

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