James Cornelius van Miltenburg

James Cornelius van Miltenburg O.F.M., also known as Alcuin van Miltenburg (14 September 1909 - 14 March 1966), was a Dutch prelate of the Catholic Church who was a missionary bishop in Pakistan, the first bishop of Karachi and of Hyderabad, Pakistan.

His Grace

James Cornelius van Miltenburg
Archbishop of Karachi
ChurchRoman Catholic
SeeRoman Catholic Archdiocese of Karachi
In office(1948)1950-1958
PredecessorPosition created
SuccessorJoseph Cordeiro
Ordination31 March 1935
Consecration3 October 1948
by Francesco Benedetto Cialeo
Personal details
Born(1909-09-14)14 September 1909
Harmelen, Netherlands
Died14 March 1966(1966-03-14) (aged 56)
Hyderabad, Pakistan


He was born on 14 September 1909 in Harmelen, Netherlands. He was ordained a Priest of the Order of Friars Minor on 31 March 1935.

Pope Pius XII named him the first Bishop of Karachi on 20 May 1948[1] and he received his episcopal consecration on 3 October. He became archbishop when the see of Karachi was raised to the status of an archdiocese in 1950.[2]

Appointed the Holy See's Apostolic Delegate on 17 September 1950,[3] he represented the Holy See in the Pakistan. When the status of the delegation was raised to of an internuncio, a status that anticipates the appointment of an official with rank of ambassador and an inappropriate role for the ordinary of a diocese, van Miltenburg led the internunciature as its chargé d’affaires and the office of internuncio remained vacant until after his departure from Karachi.[4]

Pope transferred him to the newly created Diocese of Hyderabad, Pakistan, allowing him to keep the personal title of archbishop.[5]

He was also a Council Father at all four sessions of the Second Vatican Council.

He died in Hyderabad, Pakistan, on 14 March 1966.[6]


  1. ^ Acta Apostolicae Sedis (PDF). XLI. 1949. pp. 62–4. Retrieved 30 November 2019.
  2. ^ Acta Apostolicae Sedis (PDF). XLII. 1950. p. 869. Retrieved 27 November 2019.
  3. ^ Acta Apostolicae Sedis (PDF). XLII. 1950. p. 850. Retrieved 27 November 2019.
  4. ^ "Pope Appoints Apostolic Internuncio to Pakistan". Catholic News Service. 14 July 1958. Retrieved 30 November 2019.
  5. ^ Acta Apostolicae Sedis (PDF). L. 1958. pp. 437, 542. Retrieved 27 November 2019.
  6. ^ "Archbishop Dies in Pakistan". Catholic News Service. 22 March 1966. Retrieved 30 November 2019.