Syro-Malabar Catholic Eparchy of Shamshabad

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Marthoma Nazrani Eparchy of Shamshabad
- Catholics

Churches11 functional, 7 under construction, as of 2017
Sui iuris churchSyro-Malabar Catholic Church
RiteEast Syriac Rite liturgy
(Liturgy of Saints Addai and Mari and Mar Theodore of Mopsuestia),Mar Nestorius
Established10 October 2017
CathedralSt. Alphonsa Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, Kukatpally (cathedral)
Patron saintsSt. Thomas the Apostle and Saint John Paul II
Secular priests88
Current leadership
Major ArchbishopMetropolitan and Gate of all India Mar George Alencherry
BishopRaphael Thattil
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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.[2] 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."[3]

The new jurisdiction was inaugurated with Thattil's installation on 7 January 2018.[4] The cathedral is the St. Alphonsa Syro-Malabar Catholic Church at Kukatpally, in Greater Hyderabad.

There are 130,000 Catholics in the Shamshabad diocese with eleven functional churches and seven under construction.[1]


  1. ^ a b "New Eparchy of Shamshabad" (Press release). Syro-Malabar Church. 10 October 2017. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  2. ^ "Provisions for the Syro-Malabar Church, 10.10.2017" (Press release). Holy See Press Office. 10 October 2017. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Letter of the Holy Father". Holy See Press Office. 9 October 2017. Retrieved 11 July 2018. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  4. ^ "Kerala church gets back all-India jurisdiction with Shamshabad diocese". The Indian Express. PTI. 7 January 2018. Retrieved 11 July 2018.

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