Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Goa and Daman
Metropolitan Archdiocese of Goa and Daman
Archidioecesis Goanae et Damanensis
Gõy and Damanv Mha-Dhormprant
|Ecclesiastical province||Goa and Daman|
|Area||4,194 km2 (1,619 sq mi)|
|(as of 2013)|
|Cathedral||Cathedral of St Catherine of Alexandria in Old Goa|
|Patron saint||St Joseph Vaz|
|Metropolitan Archbishop||Filipe Neri Ferrão|
|Suffragan||diocese of Sindhudurg|
|Emeritus Bishops||Raul Nicolau Gonsalves Archbishop Emeritus (1978-2004)|
The Roman Catholic Metropolitan Archdiocese of Goa and Daman (Latin: Archidioecesis Goanae et Damanensis, Portuguese: Arquidiocese de Goa e Damão) encompasses the state of Goa and the Union Territories of Daman and Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli in India. The ecclesiastical province of Goa and Daman includes a suffragan diocese, Sindhudurg (Dioecesis Sindhudurgiensis). The Archbishop of Goa also holds the titles of Primate of the East and Patriarch of the East Indies. The diocese is under the Roman Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.
It is one of the oldest dioceses in terms of activity in the East Indes, with its origins linked to the arrival of the Portuguese on the Malabar Coast.
- The archbishop's cathedral see, the Se Cathedral, or Sé Catedral de Santa Catarina, is in the city of Old Goa, Goa.
- The diocese also has a minor basilica, the Basilica of Bom Jesus in Old Goa. The world heritage site composed of the Churches and Convents of Goa falls under its ecclesiastical jurisdiction.
- The former Cathedral of Bom Jesus of the now-suppressed Diocese of Daman in Daman
Territory and statistics
The archdiocese comprises the following territories in India: the State of Goa and the territories of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu. As per 2014, it pastorally served 641,231 Catholics (31.0% of 2,067,200 total) on 4,194 km² in 167 parishes and 124 missions with 715 priests (410 diocesan, 305 religious), 1,503 lay religious (538 brothers, 965 sisters) and 80 seminarians.
The Metropolitan has a single Suffragan see :
- Roman Catholic Diocese of Sindhudurg, which includes the districts of Sindhudurg, Ratnagiri and Kolhapur in Maharashtra state, except the St. Francis Xavier parish in the city of Kolhapur. It was created on July 5, 2005, when it was split off from the Diocese of Poona. It was a suffragan diocese of the Archdiocese of Bombay until 25 November 2006, when Pope Benedict XVI transferred it to the newly established metropolitan province of Goa and Damão. Between 1975 and 2006 the Patriarch, having no suffragan, was not entitled to wear the pallium.
After the Portuguese conquest of Goa by Afonso de Albuquerque in 1510, King Manuel I built a chapel there in honour of St. Catherine named patron of the city in 1518. Christians in the region were given into the charge of Dom Duarte Nunes O.P, the Franciscan bishop of the titular see of Laodicea. He governed until 1527 then was succeeded by Dom Fernando Vaqueiro OFM, the Franciscan titular bishop of Aureopolis, from 1529 to 1535.
King John III of Portugal commissioned the construction of a cathedral in Goa and Pope Clement VII founded the Diocese of Goa on January 31, 1533, with the papal bull titled Romani Pontificis Circumspectio. The jurisdiction of the new diocese at the time stretched from the Cape of Good Hope to China and Japan. On November 3, 1534 the creation of the diocese was confirmed by the Aequum reputamus bull of Pope Paul III, since Clement VII's death had prevented the publication of its establishment. The diocese was originally a suffragan of the diocese of Funchal.
At the request of King Sebastian, on February 4, 1557 Pope Paul IV separated the Goan diocese from the ecclesiastical province of Lisbon and raised it to a metropolitan archdiocese, with the suffragan dioceses of Cochin and Malacca. In the course of time other dioceses were included in the metropolitan area of Goa: Macau, Funai in Japan, Cranganore and Meliapor in India, Nanjing and Beijing in China and Mozambique in Africa. Daman in India is still included in Goa.
With the brief of December 13, 1572 Pope Gregory XIII granted the archbishop of Goa the title of Primate of the East. This is because the diocese of Goa was the first diocese of the Padroado in Asia. By 1857, Goa had gained several suffragan dioceses in the Indian subcontinent but retained only Macau and Mozambique outside that geographical area.
On 23 January 1886, Pope Leo XIII, through the bull Humanae Salutis Auctor, invested the archbishop of Goa with the honorary title of Patriarch of the East Indies.x With the same bull, the diocese of Daman was established, to which was attached the title of the Archdiocese of Cranganore, that had been suppressed by the April 24, 1838 Multa praeclare decree of Pope Gregory XVI. These provisions had already been made in the concordat between the Holy See and Portugal on 23 June 1886. The honorary title of patriarch recognized the primacy of honor of the archbishop of Goa among all the bishops of the East and the historical vastness of his jurisdiction, at a time when his jurisdiction was reduced. He also enjoyed the privilege of presiding over all the synods of the East Indies
When the diocese of Daman was dissolved on May 1, 1928 with Inter Apostolicam, the title of Cranganore was attached to the Goa archdiocese. Thus, the archbishop of Goa came to be the titular archbishop of Cranganore.
In 1940, Dili (in East Timor) was elevated to a diocese and placed as suffragan under Goa; Mozambique was the in same year spun off from the metropolitan archdiocese. In 1953 the archdiocese of Goa lost the suffragan dioceses of Cochin, Meliampor and Canara following the ecclesiastical territorial reorganization of the new Indian state.
On December 19, 1961, the Indian Union annexed the territories of Goa, and Daman and Diu. The following year the Patriarch Archbishop José Vieira Alvernaz left the territory. In 1965, the religious jurisdiction of Diu was entrusted to the Missionary Society of St Francis Xavier. The complexities of annexing Portuguese-ruled territories meant that the Vatican did not accept the resignation of the last patriarch until 1975. The dioceses of Dili and Macau were also de-linked from the ecclesiastical province and placed directly beneath the Holy See.
With the Quoniam Archdioecesi bull January 30, 1978, Pope Paul VI appointed Bishop Raul Nicolau Gonçalves as Archbishop of Goa and Daman, also titled ad honorem Patriarch of the East Indies. By Inter Capital of December 12, 2003, Pope John Paul II appointed Rev. Filipe Neri Ferrao Archbishop of Goa and Daman, also granting him the honorary patriarch title.
The Archdiocese of Goa and Daman remained—until November 25, 2006—as just an archdiocese, since the archdiocese had had no suffragan dioceses since January 1, 1975, when Macao and Dili were separated from it. On November 25, 2006, Pope Benedict XVI with Cum Christi Evangelii, made the diocese of Sindhudurg a suffragan of Goa and Daman, together with which it formed a new ecclesiastical province.
The civil district of North Kanara (Uttara Kannada) was part of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Goa and Daman till September 19, 1953 when the New Roman Catholic Diocese of Belgaum was erected. Two civil districts, Belgaum and North Kanara, were separated from the archdiocese of Goa and two other civil districts, Dharwad and Bijapur, were taken from the Diocese of Poona to form the diocese of Belgaum.
- January 31, 1533: Archdiocese of Goa established from the Diocese of Funchal
- 4 February 1557: Diocese of Cochin established as a suffragan diocese
- February 4, 1558: Established suffragan diocese - Diocese of Malacca
- February 4, 1558: Promoted to Metropolitan Archdiocese of Goa
- May 1, 1928: Renamed Metropolitan Archdiocese of Goa and Daman
- January 1, 1976: Demoted to Archdiocese of Goa and Daman
- November 25, 2006: Promoted to Metropolitan Archdiocese of Goa and Daman
|34º||Filipe Neri do Rosário Ferrão||2004– present||Second Goan Patriarch of the East Indies and Archbishop of Goa and Daman|
|33º||Raul Nicolau Gonçalves||1978–2004||First Goan Patriarch of the East Indies and Archbishop of Goa and Daman, Archbishop-emeritus|
|32º||José Vieira Alvernaz||1953–1975||Last Archbishop of Portuguese period|
|-||José Vieira Alvernaz||1950-1953||Archbishop-coadjutor|
|31º||José da Costa Nunes||1940–1953||Later Cardinal|
|30º||Teotónio Emanuel Ribeira Vieira de Castro||1929–1940|
|29º||Mateus de Oliveira Xavier||1909–1929|
|28º||António Sebastião Valente||1882-1908||first Patriarch of the East Indies|
|27º||Aires de Ornelas e Vasconcelos||1875-1880|
|26º||João Crisóstomo de Amorim Pessoa||1862-1874||Later archbishop of Braga|
|25º||José Maria da Silva Torres||1844-1851|
|24º||Frei Manuel de São Galdino, O.F.M.||1812-1831|
|-||Frei Manuel de São Galdino, O.F.M.||1804-1812||Archbishop-coadjutor|
|23º||Frei Manuel de Santa Catarina, O.C.D.||1784-1812|
|22º||Frei Francisco da Assunção e Brito, O.S.A.||1773-1783|
|21º||António Taveira da Neiva Brum da Silveira||1750-1773|
|20º||Frei Lourenço de Santa Maria e Melo, O.F.M.||1741-1750||Later archbishop-bishop of Faro|
|19º||Frei Eugénio de Trigueiros, O.S.A.||1741||Died before taking office.|
|18º||Frei Inácio de Santa Teresa, O.S.A.||1721-1740|
|17º||Sebastião de Andrade Pessanha||1715-1721|
|16º||Frei Agostinho da Anunciação, O.C.||1690-1713|
|15º||Frei Alberto de São Gonçalo da Silva, O.S.A.||1686-1688|
|14º||Manuel de Sousa Meneses||1680-1684|
|13º||Frei António Brandão, O.C.||1674-1678|
|12º||Frei Cristóvão da Silveira, O.S.A.||1670-1673|
|11º||Frei Francisco dos Mártires, O.F.M.||1635-1652|
|10º||Frei Manuel Teles de Brito, O.P.||1631-1633|
|9º||Frei Sebastião de São Pedro, O.S.A.||1624-1629|
|8º||Frei Cristóvão de Sá e Lisboa, O.S.H.||1612-1622|
|7º||Frei Aleixo de Meneses||1595-1612||Later archbishop of Braga and viceroy of Portugal|
|6º||Frei Mateus de Medina, O. Carm.||1588-1593|
|5º||Frei João Vicente da Fonseca, O.P.||1583-1586|
|4º||Frei Henrique de Távora e Brito, O.P.||1578-1581|
|3º||Gaspar Jorge de Leão Pereira||1571-1576||reappointed|
|2º||Frei Jorge Temudo, O.P.||1567-1571|
|1º||Gaspar Jorge de Leão Pereira||1558-1567|
|-||Filipe do Rosário Ferrão||1993-2004||Auxiliary Bishop|
|-||Raul Nicolau Gonçalves||1967-1978||Auxiliary Bishop|
|-||Francisco Xavier da Piedade Rebelo||1963-1966||Auxiliary bishop, apostolic administrator sede plena between 1966 and 1972.|
|-||António Joaquim de Medeiros||1882-1884||Auxiliary Bishop after bishop of Macau|
|-||Tomás Gomes de Almeida||1879-1883||Auxiliary Bishop|
|-||Joaquim de Santa Rita Botelho||1851 - ????||Bishop of Cochin, head vicar and governor of Goa archbishop|
|-||Pedro da Silva||1688-1690||Bishop of Cochin, as Apostolic Administrator|
|-||Frei Miguel da Cruz Rangel, O.P.||1634-1635||Bishop of Cochin, as Apostolic Administrator|
|-||Frei João da Rocha||1630-1631||titular bishop of Hierapolis, as Apostolic Administrator|
|-||Domingos Torrado, O.E.S.A.||1605-1612||Auxiliary Bishop, titular bishop of Fisicula|
|-||Diego da Conceição de Araújo, O.E.S.A.||1595-1597||Auxiliary Bishop, titular bishop of Calama|
|-||André de Santa Maria, O.F.M.||1593-1595||Bishop of Cochin, as Apostolic Administrator|
|-||Jorge de Santa Luzia, O.P.||1559-1560||Bishop of Malacca, as Apostolic Administrator|
|2º||Frei João Afonso de Albuquerque, O.F.M.||1539-1553|
|1º||Francisco de Melo (bishop)||1533-1536||First bishop of Goa, did not take possession.|
|Priests and friars as administrators|
|-||António João de Ataíde||1839-1844||priest|
|-||António Feliciano de Santa Rita Carvalho||1837-1839||head vicar and governor of the archbishopric of Goa|
|-||Paulo António Dias da Conceição||1835-1837||priest, Cathedral administrator|
|-||José Paulo da Costa Pereira de Almeida||1831-1835||priest, Dean of the Cathedral|
|-||Gonçalo Veloso||1629 - 1630||head vicar|
|-||Frei Domingos da Trindade||1612||governor|
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