New Syro-Malabar diocese erected for northern India

March 7, 2012 by  
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The SMC Synod also appointed Monsignor Kuriakose Bharanikulangara as the first prelate of Faridabad diocese with the title of an archbishop.

Monsignor Kuriakose Bharanikulangara being congratulated by Cardinal George Alencherry

Monsignor Kuriakose Bharanikulangara being congratulated by Cardinal George Alencherry

New Delhi, March 6, 2012: The Syro Malabar Church (SMC) today erected a new diocese for its members residing in the northern Indian states of Delhi, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh.

The SMC Synod also appointed Monsignor Kuriakose Bharanikulangara as the first prelate of Faridabad diocese with the title of an archbishop, Cardinal George Alencherry, head of the Oriental Church, announced at its headquarters in Kochi.

The announcement was also made at 4 p.m. India time at the Vatican and the CBCI Centre in New Delhi.

The new diocese is spread over 950,000 square kilometres and caters to more than 100,000 Catholics.

Archbishop-elect Bharanikulangara currently works as the first secretary at the Apostolic Nunciature in Berlin, Germany. He has spent the past 18 years as a Vatican diplomat in Thailand, Cameroon, Iraq, Venezuela, Congo, Gabon and at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

He was born on February 1, 1959 at Karippassery parish in Ernakulam-Angamaly archdiocese.

He has a doctorate in canon law from the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome. After his ordination in 1983, he worked in various parishes under Ernakulam-Angamaly archdiocese and dabbled in media for a while as the assistant editor of Sathyadeepam, a Church weekly magazine published from Kochi.

– malayalam.deepikaglobal.com

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