Paulinus Costa

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Paulinus Costa
Religion Catholicism
Nationality Bangladeshi
Born (1936-10-19)19 October 1936
Gazipur, Bangladesh
Died 3 January 2015(2015-01-03) (aged 78)
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Senior posting
Title His Excellency
Predecessor Michael Rosario
Successor Patrick D'Rozario
Religious career
Profession Priest
Previous post Bishop of Rajshahi
Archbishop of Dhaka

Paulinus Costa (19 October 1936 – 3 January 2015) was Roman Catholic Archbishop of the archdiocese of Dhaka[1] from 2005 until his retirement on October 22, 2011.


Costa was born in Gazipur, Bangladesh.[2] He 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.[1]

On 9 July 2005 he was appointed the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Dhaka by Pope Benedict XVI,[2] replacing the deceased Archbishop Michael Rosario.

In his official capacity, Costa 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 was succeeded by former coadjutor of the position Patrick D'Rozario.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Costa studied Theology at the Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome, Italy, and obtained a Ph.D. in theology in 1981.[2] As a requirement of the Catholic Church, he remained unmarried.


He died at 3.30 pm on January 3, 2015 in Dhaka of a heart attack.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Archbishop Paulinus Costa". David M. Cheney. Retrieved 21 January 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c "Work for unity, peace". The Daily Star. 10 September 2005. Retrieved 14 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "Archbishop Paulinus Costa of Dhaka receives Human Rights award". Vatican Radio. 4 March 2010. Retrieved 14 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "Archbishop Patrick D’Rozario, C.S.C.". David M. Cheney. Retrieved 21 January 2015. 
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Michael Rosario
Archbishop of Dhaka
Succeeded by
Patrick D'Rozario
Preceded by
Patrick D'Rozario
Bishop of Rajshahi
Title next held by
Gervas Rozario