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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Udupi (Latin: Dioecesis Udupiensis) is a diocese located in Udupi District of Karnataka, India. It was announced by Pope Benedict XVI on 16 July 2012. It comprises the six civil talukas Udupi, Bramavara, Karkala, Kapu, Kundapura and Byndoor and is a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Bangalore. The diocese contains 47 parishes, and the parish church of "Our Lady of Miracles", also known as Milagres Church, is the Cathedral church of the dioecese which is situated in Kallianpur of Udupi district, .[1]

Diocese of Udupi

Dioecesis Udupiensis

ಉಡುಪಿ ಧರ್ಮಕ್ಷೇತ್ರ
Milagres Church, Udupi
Milagres Church (Kallianpur) (Church of Our Lady of Miracles)
Ecclesiastical provinceBangalore
CoordinatesCoordinates: 13°23′45″N 74°44′10″E / 13.3957286°N 74.7362242°E / 13.3957286; 74.7362242
Area3,501 km2 (1,352 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2012)
106,149 (7.3%)
RiteLatin Rite
EstablishedOctober 2012
CathedralCathedral of Our Lady of the Miracles in Udupi
Patron saintOur Lady of Miracles
Current leadership
BishopGerald Isaac Lobo
Metropolitan ArchbishopPeter Machado
Website of the Diocese
Udupi District in Karnataka


The Udupi district had been a part of Diocese of Mangalore since 1887. The diocese was inaugurated on 15 October 2012 by Apostolic Nuncio of India, Salvatore Pennacchio at Milagres Cathedral, Kallianpur. Bishop Gerald Isaac Lobo was appointed the first bishop of the diocese.[2][3]

The Catholics of this district are Mangalorean Catholics. The Udupi diocese is the 9th in the province, 14th diocese in the state and 166th diocese in the country and is a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Bangalore.[3] The Roman Catholic Diocese of Mangalore (Latin: Diocesis Mangalorensis) is a diocese located in the city of Mangalore in the Ecclesiastical province of Bangalore in India. The diocese falls on the southwestern coast of India. At present, it comprises the whole civil districts of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi in Karnataka state. This region was collectively referred as South Canara during the British Raj and the early post-independence era, prior to the States Reorganisation Act in 1956. It was established as a separate Apostolic Vicariate from the Apostolic Vicariate of Verapoly in 1853 and was promoted to a diocese on 1 September 1886.

On Monday, July 16, 2012, it lost territory when Pope Benedict XVI erected the new Roman Catholic Diocese of Udupi (made up of the three civil districts of Udupi, Karkala, and Kundapura), which will also become part of the Province of Bangalore.[1]

Bishops of the Diocese of UdupiEdit

Bishop Gerald Isaac Lobo (15 October 2012 – Present)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Erection Of The Diocese Of Udupi (India) And Appoints First Bishop
  2. ^ "History in the Making: Erection Ceremony of Udupi Diocese Gets Under Way". Daiji World. 15 October 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Udupi becomes 9th Diocese under Bangalore Archdiocese". Indian Express. 16 October 2012.

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