Apostolic Nuncio inaugurates Udupi diocese

October 18, 2012 by  
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Leaders from different Christian denominations and religions took part in the ceremony

Leaders from different Christian denominations and religions took part in the ceremony

Karnataka, October 16, 2012:  Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio inaugurated the newly erected Udupi diocese yesterday.

Nearly 15,000 people, 350 priests took part in the celebrations in the Kallianpur Milagres Cathedral.

Bishop Gerald Isaac Lobo will take over as the first bishop of the diocese.

The nuncio blessed the official chair of the bishop, presented the crosier to the new bishop and led him to the Cathedral which is the symbol of official teaching of the church to the people of his diocese.

“There are tremendous opportunities and challenges before us,” said Bishop Lobo.

On the occasion, the nuncio also inaugurated the Year of Faith in the diocese by lighting candles in the hands of lay and religious representatives.

Leaders from different Christian denominations and religions took part in the ceremony.

Protestant bishop John S. Sadananda of Karnataka Southern Diocese of Church of South India said he hopes that the new diocese will be an attraction for everyone and an occasion of unity for everyone.

Sri Sri Sri Sugunendrathirtha Svamiji of Udupi Puthige muth said that when one practices his religion with faith and charity, there will be peace and harmony around.

Udupi is known to be the temple city dedicated to Sri Krishna with the famous eight temples (Asta Matta).

Veronica Cornelio, a lay leader, in the city said the new diocese is a long cherished dream of the people.

“Now that it is realized, we have the convenient occasion to grow in our faith and move further with integrated development of the society,” she said.

The diocese which would be the 166th Catholic diocese in the country and 14th in Karnataka was carved out on July 16.

The new diocese is spread across 3,501 square kilometer and has more than 100,000 Catholics.

The famous shrine of St. Lawrence of Karkal-Attur is part of the diocese.

– ucan

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