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Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Bangalore

The Roman Catholic Metropolitan Archdiocese of Bangalore (Latin: Archidioecesis Bangalorensis) is an ecclesiastical territory or diocese of the Roman Catholic Church in India. It was erected as the Diocese of Bangalore on 13 February 1940 by Pope Pius XII, and elevated to the rank of a metropolitan archdiocese on 19 September 1953, with the suffragan sees of Belgaum, Bellary, Chikmagalur, Gulbarga, Karwar, Mangalore, Udupi, Mysore, and Shimoga.

Archdiocese of Bangalore
Archidioecesis Bangalorensis / ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು ಮಹಾಧರ್ಮಕ್ಷೇತ್ರ
St. Francis Xavier's Cathedral, Bangalore front.jpg
Cathedral of St Francis Xavier
Country  India
Ecclesiastical province Bangalore
Coordinates Coordinates: 12°59′34″N 77°36′41″E / 12.9926881°N 77.6112872°E / 12.9926881; 77.6112872
Area 29,950 km2 (11,560 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2012)
425,000 (1.4%)
Parishes 135
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Latin Rite or Roman rite
Established 13 February 1940
Cathedral St. Francis Xavier's Cathedral
Secular priests 1632
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Metropolitan Archbishop Peter Machado
Emeritus Bishops

Alphonsus Mathias (1986-1998)
Ignatius Paul Pinto (1998-2004)
Bernard Moras (2004-2018)

Website of the Archdiocese

The archdiocese's mother church and thus seat of its archbishop is the St. Francis Xavier's Cathedral; Bangalore also houses St. Mary's Basilica. Peter Machado was appointed Archbishop of Bangalore by Pope Francis on 19 March 2018.

List of bishops and archbishops of BangaloreEdit

Domes and crosses of the St. Francis Xavier's Cathedral seen against the Bangalore skyline
St. Francis Xavier's Cathedral

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