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Church in India Grows Despite Persecution

Diocese of Udupi established

ICC Note:

"The diocese of Mangalore has a large number of parishes and there was a feeling among the faithful in the parishes that they were not getting personal and individual pastoral care," said the Catholic Bishops Conference of India (CBCI). In response, the Catholic Church is adding a new diocese and appointing a new Bishop. In a country that sees a lot of persecution against Christians, this is another sign that the Church continues to grow in the midst of suffering.

By KK John

07/18/2012 India (ChristianToday)- Udupi district in Karnataka will now a have a Catholic diocese of its own.

The announcement for the new diocese was simultaneously made by the Nunciature at New Delhi, Milagres parish, Kallianpur, Udupi and Bishop's House in Mangalore, on July 16.

Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Rev Dr Jerald Isaac Lobo as the first bishop of the newly formed diocese.

Some 46 parishes, more than one lakh Catholics, 58 diocesan priests, 28 religious priests, and 225 religious come under the newly erected diocese.

The Church of Our Lady of Miracles (Kallianpur) has been designated as the Cathedral Church of the diocese.

Mangalore diocesan chancellor Fr Henry Sequeira said the new bishop will have to take charge of the Udupi diocese within next two months.

Members of the Udupi region were till this time served by the Diocese of Mangalore which supposedly has a history of more than five centuries. It has been serving the faithful spread in over 160 parishes in Udupi, Kasargod, and Mangalore.

"The diocese of Mangalore has a large number of parishes and there was a feeling among the faithful in the parishes that they were not getting personal and individual pastoral care," said the Catholic Bishops Conference of India (CBCI).

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