All one had to do was to pick up the phone and call someone from the Salesian congregation, or the Apostolic Vicarate
of Southern Arabia, and ask for a confirmation or statement or wait for a press conference.
"It was completely unexpected," said Father Wild Gandolf, secretary to Bishop Paul Hinder, Apostolic Vicarate
for Southern Arabia (Oman, Yemen, UAE) at the St Joseph's Cathedral.
By 1784 the jurisdiction of the vicarate
apostolic of Siam was extended to include the Malay state of Kedah.
In the Prologue to Death Comes for the Archbishop, Ferrand predicts that the "Vicarate
of new Mexico will be in a few years raised to an Episcopal See," adding that the new bishop of Santa Fe "will direct the beginning of momentous things." "Beginnings," the Venetian Cardinal reflects, "there have been so many" (6).
189), while Chapter 5 provides a useful summary of the expansion of missionary activities in the region from the 1600s to the French colonial period and the beginnings of 'active proselytizing' with the creation of the vicarate
of Upper Tonkin in 1885 (p.