James Cornelius van Miltenburg

His Excellency
James Cornelius van Miltenburg
Archbishop of Karachi
Church Roman Catholic
See Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Karachi
In office 1950-1958
Predecessor Position created
Successor Joseph Cordeiro
Ordination 31 March 1935
Consecration 3 October 1948
by Francesco Benedetto Cialeo
Personal details
Born (1909-09-14)September 14, 1909
Harmelen, Netherlands
Died March 10, 1966(1966-03-10) (aged 56)
Nationality Dutch

James Cornelius van Miltenburg O.F.M. (14 September 1909, Harmelen, Netherlands - 10 March 1966)[1] was the first Archbishop of Karachi, Pakistan from 1950 to 1958.[2] He was also the Holy See's representative to the Pakistani government during this period.

He was ordained a Priest of the Order of Friars Minor on 31 Mar 1935. On 20 May 1948 he was appointed Bishop of Karachi. He was ordained Bishop on 3 Oct 1948. On 15 Jul 1950 he was appointed Archbishop of Karachi. [3] When Fr. Joseph Cordeiro was appointed Archbishop of Karachi in 1958, he became Bishop of Hyderabad in Pakistan. He was also a Council Father at four sessions of the Second Vatican Council.[4]


  1. Archbishop James Cornelius van Miltenburg Catholic Hierarchy. Retrieved 21 Aug 2011
  2. Karachi Archdiocese Catholic Hierarchy, retrieved 21 Aug 2011.
  3. City TV Karachi January 27, 2012
  4. Catholic Hierarchy. Retrieved 7 March 2012]
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