Syro-Malabar Catholic Eparchy of Rajkot

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Eparchy of Rajkot

राजकोट के सूबा Hindi
રાજકોટ ડાયોસિઝ Gujarati
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TerritorySaurashtra and Kutch
Ecclesiastical provinceGandhinagar
Area109,950 km2 (42,450 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2010)
13,000 (0.1%)
DenominationSyro-Malabar Catholic Church
RiteEast Syriac Rite
CathedralSacred Heart Syro-Malabar Cathedral, Rajkot
Patron saintSacred Heart of Jesus
Current leadership
Major ArchbishopMaran Mar George Alencherry
BishopMar Jose Chittooparambil CMI
Emeritus BishopsMar Gregory Karotemprel Bishop Emeritus (1983-2010)
Website of the Diocese

The Syro-Malabar Catholic Eparchy of Rajkot is an Eastern Catholic eparchy in India under the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church. It was created by Pope Paul VI's Bull "De recta fidelium" in 1977, separating it from the Diocese of Ahmedabad. Its cathedral is Sacred Heart Syro-Malabar Cathedral, Rajkot.


On 16 July 2010, Pope Benedict XVI named Mar Jose Chittooparambil as the bishop of the Syro-Malabar Catholic eparchy of Rajkot. The bishop-elect was born in 1954 in Neeleswaram, India, was ordained to the priesthood in 1985, and is currently Prior General of St. Xavier's Province in Rajkot. He succeeds bishop Mar Gregory Karotemprel, whose resignation the Pope accepted upon having reached the age limit. (All bishops of local churches, or dioceses, whose wider churches are in communion with the Pope, must submit their resignation for possible acceptance at age 75, though the resignations are usually only accepted later.)

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