Roman Catholic Diocese of Shimoga

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Diocese of Shimoga
Dioecesis Shimogaensis
शिमोगा के सूबा
Sacred Heart Church, Shimoga.jpg
Sacred Heart Cathedral
Country India
Ecclesiastical province Bangalore
Metropolitan Bangalore
Area 21,405 km2 (8,265 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2010)
21,006 (0.3%)
Rite Latin Rite
Cathedral Sacred Heart Cathedral in Shimoga
Patron saint Sacred Heart of Jesus
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Francis Serrao SJ
Metropolitan Archbishop Bernard Moras
Website of the Diocese

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


  • 14 November 1988: Established as Diocese of Shimoga from the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Bangalore and Diocese of Chikmagalur

On 16 July 2012 Gerald Isaac Lobo was appointed as first bishop of the newly erected Diocese of Udupi and installed on 15 October 2012.

Sacred Heart Church[edit]

The second largest church in India,[1] the sacred Heart Church is a fine example of an architectural marvel of Shimoga. It is a Catholic church spread over an area of 18000 sq ft.[2]

The structure of the church is quite incredible built in a Roman and Gothic styles and houses a big prayer hall with a huge space for 5000 people. However, a statue of Jesus is the salient feature of the church attracting people in large numbers.[3]


  • Bishops of Shimoga (Latin rite)
    • Bishop Francis Serrao (ordained - 7 May 2014)
    • Bishop Gerald Isaac Lobo (20 March 2000 – 16 July 2012) (nominated bishop of Udupi)
    • Bishop Ignatius Paul Pinto (later Archbishop) (14 November 1988 – 10 September 1998)



Coordinates: 13°55′58″N 75°34′47″E / 13.9329°N 75.5798°E / 13.9329; 75.5798