Syro-Malabar Catholic Eparchy of Palai

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Syro-Malabar Eparchy of Palai
St. Thomas Cathedral, Pala.jpg
Location
CountryIndia
Ecclesiastical provinceChanganassery
Statistics
Area1,166 km2 (450 sq mi)
Population
- Total
- Catholics (including non-members)
(as of 2009)
695,000
326,747 (47%)
Information
DenominationCatholic Church
Sui iuris churchSyro-Malabar Catholic Church
Established25 July 1950
CathedralCathedral of St Thomas in Palai
Patron saintImmaculate Conception
St Thomas the Apostle St. Alphonsa
Current leadership
PopeFrancis
Major ArchbishopGeorge Alencherry
BishopJoseph Kallarangatt
Metropolitan ArchbishopJoseph Perumthottam
Auxiliary BishopsMar Jacob Muricken
Bishops emeritusJoseph Pallikaparampil Bishop Emeritus (1981-2004)
Website
www.palaidiocese.com

The Eparchy (Diocese) of Palai is a Syro-Malabar Catholic eparchy with an area of 1166 km2[1] comprising the Meenachil taluk and a few villages of the neighbouring taluks in Kottayam, Ernakulam, and Idukki districts of central Kerala in South India. The faithful of this eparchy, numbering 326,742, belong to the ancient St. Thomas Christian community. The seat of the bishop is the St. Thomas Cathedral based in the town of Palai. The current bishop is Mar Joseph Kallarangatt, serving since March 2004. Mar Jacob Muricken has been auxiliary bishop since 2012.

Pope Pius XII established the eparchy bifurcating then Eparchy of Changanacherry, and out of the territory covered by the then foranes of Palai, Muttuchira, Kuravilangad, Anakkallu and Ramapuram on 25 July 1950. Initially, the eparchy was erected as a suffragan of the Acheparchy of Ernakulam. The then apostolic nuncio to India, Archbishop Leo P. Kierkels, installed Mar Sebastian Vayalil as the first bishop of the new eparchy. Eparchy of Changanacherry was elevated to the status of Archeparchy and constituted the new ecclesiastical province of Changanacherry on 22 August 1956. Thus, the eparchy of Palai became one of its suffragans.

Rite of Renewal of Holy Leaven (Malka) by Joseph Kallarangatt and Co Celebrant: Malpan Malpane Koonammackal Thoma Kathanar at Beth Aprem Nasrani Dayara at Kuravilangad

History[edit]

Pope Pius XII, by the Bull "Quo Ecclesiarum", issued on 25 July 1950, bifurcated the eparchy of Changanacherry and out of the territory covered by the then Foranes of Palai, Muttuchira, Kuravilangad, Anakkallu and Ramapuram erected the eparchy of Palai as a suffragan of the Archeparchy of Ernakulam. Leo P. Kierkels, the Apostolic Internuncio in India, published the Bull in the St. Thomas Cathedral Palai on 4 January 1951 and installed Sebastian Vayalil as the first bishop of the new eparchy. On 22 August 1956 when the Holy See by the Ap. Const. ‘Regnum Coelorum’ raised the eparchy of Changanacherry to the status of an archeparchy and constituted the new ecclesiastical province of Changanacherry, the eparchy of Palai became one of its suffragans. Joseph Kallarangatt is the current bishop of the eparchy. Jacob Muricken was appointed as auxiliary bishop in 2012.

Mar Joseph Kallarangatt[edit]

Joseph Kallarangatt, the third bishop of the Eparchy of Palai since 2004, was born on 27 January 1956 at Kayyoor. As the delegate of Syro-Malabar Synod, he attended XIV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on Family held at Rome from 04-25 October 2015.[2]

Saints and causes for canonisation[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Diocesian Curia, Palai (2016). Directory. Palai: St. Thomas Press.
  2. ^ Diocesian Curia, Palai (2016). Directory. St. Thomas Press.

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