Roman Catholic Diocese of Varanasi

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Diocese of Varanasi
Dioecesis Varanasiensis
वाराणसी के सूबा
Saint Mary's Cathedral in Varanasi-1.jpg
Country India
Ecclesiastical province Agra
Metropolitan Agra
Area 21,395 km2 (8,261 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2010)
18,259 (0.1%)
Rite Latin Rite
Cathedral St Mary’s Cathedral in Varanasi
Patron saint St John the Baptist
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Sede Vacante
Metropolitan Archbishop Albert D'Souza
Emeritus Bishops Patrick Paul D’Souza
Website of the Diocese

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Varanasi (Latin: Varanasien(sis)) is a diocese located in the city of Varanasi in the Ecclesiastical province of Agra in India.


  • July 11, 1946: Established as Apostolic Prefecture of Gorakhpur from the Diocese of Allahabad
  • September 17, 1958: Renamed as Apostolic Prefecture of Benares-Gorakhpur
  • June 5, 1970: Promoted as Diocese of Banaras
  • May 14, 1971: Renamed as Diocese of Varanasi


  • Bishops of Varanasi (Latin Rite)
    • Bishop Raphy Manjaly (February 24, 2007 – present)
    • Bishop Patrick Paul D’Souza (May 14, 1971 – February 24, 2007)
  • Bishops of Banaras (Latin Rite)
    • Bishop Patrick Paul D’Souza (June 5, 1970 – May 14, 1971)
  • Prefects Apostolic of Benares-Gorakhpur (Roman Rite)