Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Delhi

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Archdiocese of Delhi
Archidioecesis Delhiensis
दिल्ली के सूबा
Sacred Heart Cathedral (New Delhi).jpg
Country India
TerritoryNew Delhi
Ecclesiastical provinceDelhi
Area15,420 km2 (5,950 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2013)
112,348 (0.4%)
DenominationRoman Catholic
RiteLatin Rite
Established13 April 1937
CathedralSacred Heart Cathedral, New Delhi
Secular priests259
Current leadership
Metropolitan ArchbishopAnil Joseph Thomas Couto
Emeritus BishopsVincent Concessao Archbishop Emeritus (2000-2012)
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Delhi in India.jpg
Website of the Archdiocese

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Delhi (Latin: Delhien(sis)) is a Latin rite Metropolitan archdiocese in northern India, yet depends on the missionary Roman Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.

Its cathedral archiepiscopal see is Sacred Heart Cathedral, in the national capital city of New Delhi


  • September 13, 1910: Established as Metropolitan Archdiocese of Simla, on territory split off from the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Agra and Diocese of Lahore.
  • April 13, 1937: Renamed as Metropolitan Archdiocese of Delhi and Simla.
  • June 4, 1959: Renamed as Metropolitan Archdiocese of Delhi, having lost territory to establish as suffragan the Diocese of Simla.

It enjoyed Papal visits from Pope John Paul II in February 1986 and November 1999.


As per 2014, it pastorally served 115,300 Catholics (0.4% of 26,810,000 total) on 15,420 km² in 60 parishes and 4 missions with 301 priests (130 diocesan, 171 religious), 1,006 lay religious (391 brothers, 615 sisters) and 25 seminarians.

Episcopal ordinaries[edit]

(all Latin Rite)

Metropolitan Archbishops of Simla
Metropolitan Archbishops of Delhi and Simla
Metropolitan Archbishops of Delhi

Ecclesiastical province[edit]

Delhi's ecclesiastical province comprises the Metropolitan's own archdiocese and the following Suffragan dioceses:

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Coordinates: 28°37′43″N 77°12′24″E / 28.6285°N 77.2067°E / 28.6285; 77.2067