Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Madras and Mylapore

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Archdiocese of Madras and Mylapore

Archidioecesis Madraspolitanus et Meliaporensis

சென்னை-மயிலை உயர்மறைமாவட்டம்
St. Thomas Cathedral Basilica, The Mother Church of the Archdiocese
TerritoryTamil Nadu
Ecclesiastical provinceMadras and Mylapore
Area3,160 km2 (1,220 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2004)
343,103 (4.9%)
RiteLatin Rite
Established13 November 1952 (Papal Bull, ‘Ex Primaevae Ecclesiae’ by Pope Pius XII)
CathedralSt. Thomas Cathedral Basilica, Santhome
Co-cathedralSt. Mary of the Angels Co-Cathedral, Georgetown
Secular priests152
Current leadership
Metropolitan ArchbishopGeorge Antonysamy
Emeritus BishopsMalayappan Chinnappa (2005-2012)

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Madras and Mylapore/Madras and Myliapor (Latin: Madraspolitan(us) et Meliaporen(sis)) is an archdiocese based in the city of Madras (now Chennai), in India. It took also the name of the ancient diocese of Mylapore, now a suburb of Chennai.[1]


  • 9 January 1606: erection of the diocese of Mylapore by pope Paul V by agreement with the king of Portugal who received power to appoint bishops and priests and, in a generall way, to look after the evangelization of the area (Padroado system and jurisdiction)
  • 1642: Established as Apostolic Vicariate of Fort Saint George from the Diocese of São Tomé of Meliapore
  • 1832: Renamed as Apostolic Vicariate of Madras
  • 1 September 1886: Promoted as Metropolitan Archdiocese of Madras
  • 10 October 1950: The Padroado system is cancelled. The Diocese of Mylapore comes under the jurisdiction of the 'Propaganda Fide'.
  • 13 November 1952: Mylapore and Madras are merged into the renamed 'Metropolitan Archdiocese of Madras and Mylapore' (Bull Ex primaevae ecclesiae of Pius XII).


Suffragan dioceses[edit]


  1. ^ "Rinuncia dell'arcivescovo di Madras and Mylapore (India) e nomina del successore" (in Italian). The Vatican. Archived from the original on 28 November 2012. Retrieved 14 April 2018.

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Coordinates: 13°02′01″N 80°16′39″E / 13.0337°N 80.2775°E / 13.0337; 80.2775