Vatican City, 5 March 2016 – The Holy Father has appointed:
- Bishop Gerard Johannes Nicolaas De Korte of Groningen-Leeuwarden as bishop of 's-Hertogenbosch (area 3,826, population 2,101,000, Catholics 1,101,000, priests 654, permanent deacons 93, religious 2,391), Netherlands. He succeeds Bishop Antonius Lambertus Maria Hurkmans, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same diocese in accordance with canon 401 para. 2 of the Code of Canon Law was accepted by the Holy Father.
- Bishop Fridolin Ambongo Besungo, O.F.M. Cap., of Bokungo-Ikela, as apostolic administrator "sede plena et ad nutum Sanctae Sedis" of the archdiocese of Mbandaka-Bikoro, Democratic Republic of the Congo.