Bernard Moras

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Bernard Moras

ChurchRoman Catholic
Appointed22 July 2004
Installed17 September 2004
Term ended19 March 2018
PredecessorIgnatius Paul Pinto
SuccessorPeter Machado
Ordination6 December 1967
Consecration25 February 1997
by cardinal Simon Ignatius Pimenta
Personal details
Born (1941-08-10) 10 August 1941 (age 82)
Previous post(s)
  • Bishop of Belgaum (1996–2004)
  • Apostolic Administrator of Bellary (2006–2008)
  • Archbishop of Bangalore (2004-2018)
  • Apostolic Administrator of Mysore (2023-present)
  • In thee we hope–Mary our Mother
Styles of
Bernard Moras
Reference styleThe Most Reverend
Spoken styleYour Grace
Religious styleMonsignor
Posthumous stylenot applicable

Bernard Blasius Moras (born 10 August 1941) is an Indian prelate of the Roman Catholic Church and is the Archbishop Emeritus of the Archdiocese of Bangalore. He also currently serves as a temporary Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Mysore.

Early life[edit]

Born in Kuppepadavu, Mangalore, Karnataka,


Moras was ordained to the priesthood on 6 December 1967. During his priestly ministry, he was very involved with health care.


On 30 November 1996, Moras was appointed Bishop of Belgaum by Pope John Paul II. He was consecrated on 25 February 1997 by Cardinal Simon Pimenta, with Bishops Aloysius D'Souza and Ignatius Pinto serving as co-consecrators. Moras chose as his episcopal motto: "In Thee We Hope–Mary Our Mother."

Moras was later named Archbishop of Bangalore on 22 July 2004, being installed on 17 September. The installation was attended by three cardinals and by all the priests of Bangalore diocese.

Pope Benedict XVI bestowed the pallium, a woolen garment reserved to metropolitan archbishops, upon Moras on 29 June 2005.

Moras condemned Dan Brown's novel The Da Vinci Code as "vicious" and "diabolic".[1] He called all Christians to boycott the film version, which he requested of the Indian film board to be banned from the country.

Moras also chairs the Pastoral Commission for Health of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India and is the Ecclesiastical Advisor to the Catholic Health Association of India.

Moras takes part in the documentary The Indian Priest about Indian missionary priest Raphael Curian from 2015.

Following the suspension of Bishop Kannikadass William Antony, Moras was appointed Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Mysore on 7 January 2023 by Pope Francis.[2]


  1. ^ Catholic Online. Catholic bishops, groups warn of ‘Da Vinci Code’ assault on beliefs, see it as teaching moment Archived 29 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine 17 May 2006
  2. ^ Kumar, T R Sathish (7 January 2023). "Apostolic administrator for Diocese of Mysore takes charge". Deccan Herald. Retrieved 8 January 2023.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by Archbishop of Bangalore