Syro-Malabar Catholic Eparchy of Shamshabad
Marthoma Nazrani Eparchy of Shamshabad
|Churches||11 functional, 7 under construction, as of 2017|
|Sui iuris church||Syro-Malabar Catholic Church|
|Rite||East Syriac Rite liturgy|
(Liturgy of Saints Addai and Mari and Mar Theodore of Mopsuestia),Mar Nestorius
|Established||10 October 2017|
|Cathedral||St. Alphonsa Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, Kukatpally (cathedral)|
|Patron saints||St. Thomas the Apostle and Saint John Paul II|
|Major Archbishop||Metropolitan and Gate of all India Mar George Alencherry|
The Marthoma Nazrani Eparchy of Shamshabad is an Eastern Catholic eparchy headquartered in Telangana, India, under the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church. It was established by Pope Francis on 10 October 2017, and Raphael Thattil was appointed its first bishop. In a letter to the bishops of India, Francis cited India's decades of experience with "overlapping jurisdictions" of different sui iuris churches. He wrote: "With the growth of spiritual friendship and mutual assistance, any tension or apprehension should be swiftly overcome. May this extension of the pastoral area of the Syro-Malabar Church in no way be perceived as a growth in power and domination, but as a call to deeper communion, which should never be perceived as uniformity."
There are 130,000 Catholics in the Shamshabad diocese with eleven functional churches and seven under construction.
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