Roman Catholic Diocese of Belgaum

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Diocese of Belgaum
Dioecesis Belgaumensis
बेलगाम के सूबा
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Family Rosary of Fatima.jpg
Cathedral of Belgaum
Country India
Ecclesiastical province Bangalore
Metropolitan Bangalore
Area 33,747 km2 (13,030 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2012)
30,512 (0.3%)
Parishes 67
Rite Latin Rite
Cathedral Cathedral of Our Lady of the Family Rosary of Fatima in Belgaum
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Peter Machado
Metropolitan Archbishop Bernard Moras
Website of the Diocese

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Belgaum (Latin: Belgaumen(sis)) is a diocese located in the city of Belgaum in the Ecclesiastical province of Bangalore in India.


  • The Belgaum Diocese was erected on September 19, 1953 by the Papal Bull "Summa illa Sollicitudo" of Pope Pius XII. Two civil districts of Belgaum and North Kanara were separated from the Archdiocese of Goa and two other civil districts of Dharwad and Bijapur were taken from the Diocese of Pune in forming the Diocese of Belgaum.

The most Rev. Dr. Michael Rodrigues was appointed the first Bishop. By the Papal Bull "Christi Missium" of Paul VI, the North Kanara District was separated from the Belgaum Diocese to form the Karwar Diocese on January 24, 1976.

It now consists of the civil districts of Belgaum, Bijapur, Bagalkot, Dharwad, Gadag and Haveri in Karnataka State and the Chandgad taluka in Kolhapur District of Maharashtra State.

The mother parish of the diocese is known as the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Family Rosary of Fatima, or Fatima Cathedral for short. It is located in the cantonment area of Belgaum and is a prominent landmark. The Rector of the parish is currently Rev. Fr. Victor.



Coordinates: 15°51′14″N 74°30′09″E / 15.8540°N 74.5025°E / 15.8540; 74.5025