Bernard Moras

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His Excellency
Bernard Moras
Archbishop of Bangalore
Archdiocese Bangalore
See Bangalore
Appointed 22 July 2004
Installed 17 September 2004
Predecessor Ignatius Paul Pinto
Orders
Ordination 6 December 1967
Consecration 25 February 1997
by Ignatius Pimenta
Personal details
Born (1941-08-10) 10 August 1941 (age 76)
Kuppepadavu, Mangalore, India
Previous post
  • Bishop of Belgaum (1996–2004)
  • Apostolic Administrator of Bellary (2006–2008)
Motto
  • In thee we hope–Mary our Mother
Styles of
Bernard Moras
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Reference style The Most Reverend
Spoken style Your Excellency
Religious style Monsignor
Posthumous style not applicable

Bernard Blasius Moras (born 10 August 1941) is an Indian prelate of the Roman Catholic Church, currently serving as Archbishop of Bangalore.

Born in Kuppepadavu, Mangalore, Karnataka, he 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. The Bishop 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 as such on the following 17 September. The installation, attended by no less than three cardinals, was held under tightened security, as Catholic Kannadigas have been insistent upon having a bishop from their own community to the point of violence.[1]

Pope Benedict XVI bestowed the pallium, a woolen garment reserved to metropolitan archbishops, upon him on 29 June 2005. In 2006, Moras condemned Dan Brown's novel The Da Vinci Code as "vicious" and "diabolic".[2] He called all Christians to boycott the film version, which he requested of the Indian film board to be banned from the country.

Archbishop 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.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Ignatius Paul Pinto
Archbishop of Bangalore
2004–present
Incumbent