Paulinus Costa

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Paulinus Costa
Religion Catholicism
Nationality Bangladeshi
Born (1936-10-19) October 19, 1936 (age 77)
Gazipur, Bangladesh
Senior posting
Title His Excellency
Predecessor Michael Rosario
Successor Patrick D'Rozario
Religious career
Profession Priest
Previouspost Bishop of Rajshahi
Archbishop of Dhaka
Post Archbishop emeritus of Archdiocese of Dhaka

Paulinus Costa (born 19 October 1936, Gazipur,[1] British India, now Bangladesh) was Archbishop of the archdiocese of Dhaka[2] from 2005 until his retirement on October 22, 2011.


Costa was ordained as a priest on 21 December 1963. He was appointed the Bishop of Rajshahi on 11 January 1996, and was ordained on 26 April of the same year.[2]

On 9 July 2005 he was appointed the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Dhaka by Pope Benedict XVI,[1] replacing the deceased Archbishop Michael Rosario.

In his capacity, Costa has worked to foster communal harmony in the Muslim-dominated country of Bangladesh. In recognition of his services, Costa was one of eight to receive an award from the Human Rights Legal Aid Society of Bangladesh for "significant contributions in defending human rights in Bangladesh".[3]

Archbishop Costa retired on October 22, 2011, and has been succeeded by former coadjutor of the position Patrick D'Rozario.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Costa studied Theology at the Propaganda Fide College in Rome, Italy, and obtained a Ph.D. in theology in 1981.[1] As a requirement of the Catholic Church, he is unmarried.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Work for unity, peace". The Daily Star. 10 September 2005. Retrieved 14 April 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Archbishop Paulinus Costa". Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved 14 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "Archbishop Paulinus Costa of Dhaka receives Human Rights award". Vatican Radio. 4 March 2010. Retrieved 14 April 2011. 
  4. ^
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Michael Rosario
Archbishop of Dhaka
2005 – 2011
Succeeded by
Patrick D'Rozario
Preceded by
Patrick D'Rozario
Bishop of Rajshahi
1996 – 2005
Title next held by
Gervas Rozario