Thiruvananthapuram | Pope Francis has erected a new Diocese in Gurgaon, Delhi and an Exarchate in Kirkee-Pune for the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church in India.
Most Rev Jacob Mar Barnabas has been appointed the first Bishop of the Gurgaon Diocese and Most Rev Thomas Mar Anthonios the first Bishop of the new Diocese of Kirkee-Pune, according to a press release here today.
Now, the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church has two Exarchates, seven Dioceses, one Archdiocese, besides the Major Archdiocese of Trivandrum.
Moran Mor Baselios Cardinal Cleemis Catholicos made the announcement at St Mary’s Cathedral Church. The Synodal Secretary of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church, Thomas Mar Koorilos read the Decree of Pope Francis during the ceremony.
Bishop Jacob Mar Barnabas is the present Apostolic Visitor to the faithful who live outside of the territorial jurisdiction of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church.
Bishop Thomas Mar Anthonios is the present Curia Bishop who coordinates the works of the central administrative center (the Catholicate Center) of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church.
With the establishment of the new Diocese and Exarchate, Pope Francis has granted the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church, ecclesiastical authority for the whole territory in India.
The new Gurgaon Diocese is spread over 22 States in the North-East region of India. The Kirkee-Pune Diocese is spread over six States except Kerala in the South.
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