Nguyễn Văn Thiện

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Antoine Nguyễn Văn Thiện
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Church Catholic
See Vĩnh Long
In office 24 November 1960 – 12 July 1968
Predecessor None
Successor Nguyễn Văn Mầu
Ordination 21 February 1932
Consecration 22 January 1961
by Ngô Đình Thục
Personal details
Born (1906-03-13)13 March 1906
Saigon, French Indochina
Died 13 May 2012(2012-05-13) (aged 106)
Nice, France
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Antoine Nguyễn Văn Thiện (13 March 1906 – 13 May 2012) was a Vietnamese Roman Catholic bishop and the oldest of the Catholic Church at 106 years of age. He was also one of the last living bishops to have served in South Vietnam.[1]

Born in Cái Cồn, Thiện was ordained a priest on 20 February 1932. He was appointed the bishop of Vĩnh Long in November 1960 and received episcopal consecration in January 1961. He resigned that position in 1968 and was appointed a titular bishop of Hispellum the same month. He became the oldest living Roman Catholic bishop on 6 October 2005, with the death of Bishop Ettore Cunial at age 99.[2]

Thiện died in Nice, France, on 13 May 2012, aged 106.[3] France's Géry Leuliet then became the oldest living Catholic bishop.[4]