Metropolitan Archdiocese of

Bombay

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Continent: South and East Asia

Rite: Roman (Latin)

Type: Metropolitan Archdiocese Metr. Archdiocese

Name: Bombay / Bombayen(sis) (Latin)

Suffragan Sees: Kalyan, Nashik, Poona, Vasai

Depends on: Dicastery for Evangelisation

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Celebrations

Patron Saint: Saint Francis Xavier, Saint Gonçalo Garcia

Liturgical Calendar (National) 📅

History

Papal Visits

Present Prelates

Metropolitan Archbishop (2006.10.14 – ...):Cardinal Oswald Gracias (79)Cardinal Oswald Gracias (79)

Cardinal-Priest of S. Paolo della Croce a «Corviale»

Member of Council of Cardinals

Auxiliary Bishop (2013.05.15 – ...):Bishop Dominic Savio Fernandes (70)Bishop Dominic Savio Fernandes (70)

Titular Bishop of Cozyla

Ordinaries

Metropolitan Archbishops of Bombay (Roman Rite)

Cardinal Oswald Gracias (79)Cardinal Oswald Gracias (79)
(2006.10.14 – ...)

Cardinal-Priest of S. Paolo della Croce a «Corviale»
Metropolitan Archbishop of Bombay (India)
Member of Council of Cardinals

To reconcile all things in Christ

Born:1944.12.24 (Bombay, India)
Ordained Priest:1970.12.20
Consecrated Bishop:1997.09.16
Created Cardinal:2007.11.24

Priest of Bombay (India) (1970.12.20 – 1997.06.28)

Titular Bishop of Bladia (1997.06.28 – 2000.09.07)

Auxiliary Bishop of Bombay (India) (1997.06.28 – 2000.09.07)

Metropolitan Archbishop of Agra (India) (2000.09.07 – 2006.10.14)

Second Vice-President of “Vox Clara” Committee (2002.04 – 2017)

President of Conference of Catholic Bishops of India (2005 – 2011.01.12)

Metropolitan Archbishop of Bombay (India) (2006.10.14 – ...)

Cardinal-Priest of S. Paolo della Croce a «Corviale» (2007.11.24 [2008.05.10] – ...)

Vice-President of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (2008.02.19 – 2010.03.01)

President of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (2010.03.01 – 2014.02.12)

President of Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (2011.10.21 [2012.01.01] – 2019.01.01)

President of Conference of Catholic Bishops of India (2013.02 – 2019.01.12)

Member of Council of Cardinals (2013.04.13 – ...)

President of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (2018.02.09 – 2022.11.11)

Cardinal Ivan Dias
(1996.11.08 – 2006.05.20)

Servus

Born:1936.04.14 (Mumbai, India)
Ordained Priest:1958.12.08
Consecrated Bishop:1982.06.19
Created Cardinal:2001.02.21
Died:2017.06.19 (Roma, Italy † 81)

Priest of Bombay (India) (1958.12.08 – 1982.05.08)

Privy Chamberlain Supernumerary (1964.12.04 – 1968.03.28)

Chaplain of His Holiness (1968.03.28 – 1982.05.08)

Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to Benin (1982.05.08 – 1987.06.20)

Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to Ghana (1982.05.08 – 1987.06.20)

Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to Togo (1982.05.08 – 1987.06.20)

Titular Archbishop of Rusibisir (1982.05.08 – 1996.11.08)

Apostolic Nuncio to Korea (1987.06.20 – 1991.01.16)

Apostolic Nuncio to Albania (1991.01.16 – 1996.11.08)

Apostolic Administrator of Southern Albania (Albania) (1992 – 1996.11.08)

Metropolitan Archbishop of Bombay (India) (1996.11.08 – 2006.05.20)

Cardinal-Priest of Spirito Santo alla Ferratella (2001.02.21 [2001.06.03] – 2017.06.19)

Prefect of Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples (2006.05.20 – 2011.05.10)

President of Interdicastery Commission for Consecrated Religious (2006.05.20 – 2011.05.10)

Grand Chancellor of Pontifical Urbaniana University (2006.05.20 – 2011.05.10)

Cardinal Simon Ignatius Pimenta
(1978.09.11 – 1996.11.08)

Rooted and grounded in love

Born:1920.03.01 (Marol, India)
Ordained Priest:1949.12.21
Consecrated Bishop:1971.06.29
Created Cardinal:1988.06.28
Died:2013.07.19 (Bandra, Mumbai, India † 93)

Priest of Bombay (India) (1949.12.21 – 1971.06.05)

Chaplain of His Holiness (1964.10.07 – 1971.06.05)

Titular Bishop of Bocconia (1971.06.05 – 1977.02.26)

Auxiliary Bishop of Bombay (India) (1971.06.05 – 1977.02.26)

Coadjutor Archbishop of Bombay (India) (1977.02.26 – 1978.09.11)

Metropolitan Archbishop of Bombay (India) (1978.09.11 – 1996.11.08)

President of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (1982 – 1988)

Cardinal-Priest of S. Maria «Regina Mundi» a Torre Spaccata (1988.06.28 – 2013.07.19)

President of Conference of Catholic Bishops of India (1993 – 1997)

Cardinal Valerian Gracias
(1950.12.04 – 1978.09.11)

Fraternitatis amore

Born:1901.10.23 (Karachi, India)
Ordained Priest:1926.10.03
Consecrated Bishop:1946.06.29
Created Cardinal:1953.01.12
Died:1978.09.11 (Bombay, India † 76)

Titular Bishop of Thennesus (1946.05.16 – 1950.12.04)

Auxiliary Bishop of Bombay (India) (1946.05.16 – 1950.12.04)

Metropolitan Archbishop of Bombay (India) (1950.12.04 – 1978.09.11)

Cardinal-Priest of S. Maria in Via Lata pro hac vice Title (1953.01.15 – 1978.09.11)

President of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (1958 – 1972)

Archbishop Thomas Roberts, S.J.
(1937.08.12 – 1950.12.04)

Carior libertas

Born:1893.03.07 (France)
Ordained Priest:1925.09.20
Consecrated Bishop:1937.09.21
Died:1976.02.28 († 82)

Metropolitan Archbishop of Bombay (India) (1937.08.12 – 1950.12.04)

Titular Archbishop of Sugdæa (1950.12.04 – 1970.12.07)

Archbishop Gioacchino Lima, S.J.
(1928.05.04 – 1936.07.21)

Born:1875.05.18 (Portugal)
Died:1936.07.21 († 61)

Metropolitan Archbishop of Bombay (India) (1928.05.04 – 1936.07.21)

Archbishop Alban Goodier, S.J.
(1919.12.15 – 1926.10.01)

Born:1869.04.14 (England)
Consecrated Bishop:1919.12.22
Died:1939.03.13 († 69)

Metropolitan Archbishop of Bombay (India) (1919.12.15 – 1926.10.01)

Apostolic Administrator of Poona (India) (1923 – 1926)

Titular Archbishop of Hierapolis in Phrygia (1926.10.01 – 1939.03.13)

Archbishop Ermanno Jürgens, S.J.
(1907.05.28 – 1916.09.28)

Born:1847.12.08 (Germany)
Died:1916.09.28 († 68)

Metropolitan Archbishop of Bombay (India) (1907.05.28 – 1916.09.28)

Archbishop Theodore Dalhoff, S.J.
(1891.12.06 – 1906.05.12)

Born:1837.04.20 (Germany)
Died:1906.05.12 († 69)

Metropolitan Archbishop of Bombay (India) (1891.12.06 – 1906.05.12)

Archbishop George Porter, S.J.
(1886.12.21 – 1889.09.26)

Born:1825.08.27 (England)
Ordained Priest:1856.06.15
Consecrated Bishop:1887.02.27
Died:1889.09.26 († 64)

Metropolitan Archbishop of Bombay (India) (1886.12.21 – 1889.09.26)

Vicars Apostolic of Bombay (Roman Rite)

Bishop Johann Gabriel Léon Louis Meurin, S.J. (later Archbishop)
(1867.03.27 – 1886.09.01)

Born:1825.06.23 (Germany)
Ordained Priest:1848.09.23
Consecrated Bishop:1868.02.02
Died:1895.06.01 († 69)

Vicar Apostolic of Bombay (India) (1867.03.27 – 1886.09.01)

Apostolic Administrator of Poona (India) (1867.03.27 – 1886.09.01)

Titular Bishop of Ascalon (1867.03.27 – 1887.09.15)

Titular Archbishop of Nisibis (1887.09.15 – 1887.09.27)

Archbishop-Bishop of Port-Louis (Mauritius) (1887.09.27 – 1895.06.01)

Bishop Waltar Steins Bisschop, S.J. (later Archbishop)
(1860.10.10 – 1867.01.11)

Born:1810.07.01 (Netherlands)
Ordained Priest:1842.09.08
Consecrated Bishop:1861.06.29
Died:1881.09.07 († 71)

Titular Bishop of Nilopolis (1860.10.10 – 1867.01.11)

Vicar Apostolic of Bombay (India) (1860.10.10 – 1867.01.11)

Apostolic Administrator of Poona (India) (1860.10.10 – 1867.01.11)

Vicar Apostolic of Western Bengal (India) (1867.01.11 – 1877)

Titular Archbishop of Bostra (1867.01.11 – 1879.05.15)

Archbishop-Bishop of Auckland (New Zealand) (1879 – 1881.09.01)

Bishop Alexis Canoz, S.J.
(Apostolic Administrator 1858 – 1860.12.18)

Bishop Anastasius Hartmann, O.F.M. Cap.
(1854.03.08 – 1858.06)

Born:1803.02.24 (Switzerland)
Ordained Priest:1826
Consecrated Bishop:1846.03.16
Died:1866.04.24 († 63)

Vicar Apostolic of Patna (India) (1845.10.20 – 1849.08.16)

Titular Bishop of Derbe (1845.10.20 – 1866.04.24)

Vicar Apostolic of Bombay (India) (1854.03.08 – 1858.06)

Apostolic Administrator of Poona (India) (1854.03.08 – 1858.06)

Vicar Apostolic of Patna (India) (1860.01.24 – 1866.04.24)

Bishop John Francis William Whelan, O.C.D.
(1848.01.05 – 1850.08.04)

Born:1798.07.12 (Ireland)
Consecrated Bishop:1842.07.03
Died:1876.12.13 († 78)

Coadjutor Vicar Apostolic of Bombay (India) (1842.06.07 – 1848.01.05)

Titular Bishop of Aureliopolis (1842.06.07 – 1876.12.13)

Vicar Apostolic of Bombay (India) (1848.01.05 – 1850.08.04)

Bishop Aloysius Mary of St. Teresa Fortini, O.C.D.
(1840.10.09 – 1848.01.05)

Born:1795.11.15 (Italy)
Consecrated Bishop:1838.05.13
Died:1848.01.05 († 52)

Coadjutor Vicar Apostolic of Bombay (India) (1837.08.08 – 1840.10.09)

Titular Bishop of Calama (1837.08.08 – 1848.01.05)

Vicar Apostolic of Bombay (India) (1840.10.09 – 1848.01.05)

Bishop Pietro d’Alcántara di San Antonio Ramazzini, O.C.D.
(1820 – 1840.10.09)

Born:1760.06.14 (Italy)
Consecrated Bishop:1795.11.15
Died:1840.10.09 († 80)

Vicar Apostolic of Great Mogul (India) (1794.06.03 – 1820)

Titular Bishop of Antiphellus (1794.06.03 – 1840.10.09)

Vicar Apostolic of Bombay (India) (1820 – 1840.10.09)

Vicars Apostolic of Great Mogul (Roman Rite)

Bishop Pietro d’Alcántara di San Antonio Ramazzini, O.C.D.
(1794.06.03 – 1820)

(see above)

Bishop Viktor von der heiligen Maria Schwaiger, O.C.D.
(1787.11.09 – 1793.05.31)

Born:1737.07.26 (Germany)
Consecrated Bishop:1789.02.08
Died:1793.05.31 († 55)

Titular Bishop of Gabala (1787.11.09 – 1793.05.31)

Vicar Apostolic of Great Mogul (India) (1787.11.09 – 1793.05.31)

Bishop Angelin vom heiligen Joseph Geiselmayer, O.C.D.
(1785.08.12 – 1786.07.12)

Born:1744.07.29 (Austria)
Consecrated Bishop:1786.02.19
Died:1786.07.12 († 41)

Titular Bishop of Anthedon (1785.08.12 – 1786.07.12)

Vicar Apostolic of Great Mogul (India) (1785.08.12 – 1786.07.12)

Bishop Charles of St. Conrad Vareschi, O.C.D.
(1773.05.15 – 1785.01.06)

Born:1725.02.18 (Italy)
Consecrated Bishop:1773.06.20
Died:1785.01.06 († 59)

Titular Bishop of Calama (1764.09.14 – 1785.01.06)

Coadjutor Vicar Apostolic of Verapoly (India) (1764.09.15 – 1773.05.15)

Vicar Apostolic of Great Mogul (India) (1773.05.15 – 1785.01.06)

Bishop John Dominic of St. Clara Chiavassa, O.C.D.
(1756.06.05 – 1772.01.25)

Born:1710.03.01 (Italy)
Consecrated Bishop:1757.11.30
Died:1772.01.25 († 61)

Vicar Apostolic of Great Mogul (India) (1756.06.05 – 1772.01.25)

Titular Bishop of Assuras (1756.06.15 – 1772.01.25)

Bishop Innocent of the Presentation of Mary Strattmann, O.C.D.
(1746.01.19 – 1753.06.06)

Born:1689.05.08 (Germany)
Consecrated Bishop:1746.08.14
Died:1753.06.06 († 64)

Coadjutor Vicar Apostolic of Verapoly (India) (1738.03.03 – 1746.01.19)

Titular Bishop of Aureliopolis (1738.03.03 – 1753.06.06)

Vicar Apostolic of Great Mogul (India) (1746.01.19 – 1753.06.06)

Bishop Pietro d’Alcántara della Santissima Trinità Gagna di Cherasco, O.C.D.
(1728.02.03 – 1744.11.03)

Born:1689 (Italy)
Died:1744.11.03 († 54)

Titular Bishop of Areopolis (1728.01.28 – 1744.11.03)

Vicar Apostolic of Great Mogul (India) (1728.02.03 – 1744.11.03)

Bishop Maurice di Santa Teresa Baistrocchi, O.C.D.
(1708.05.12 – 1726.05.15)

Born:1662.08.19 (Italy)
Ordained Priest:1678
Consecrated Bishop:1709
Died:1726.05.15 († 63)

Titular Bishop of Anastasiopolis (1708.05.12 – 1726.05.15)

Vicar Apostolic of Great Mogul (India) (1708.05.12 – 1726.05.15)

Bishop Pietro d’Alcántara di Santa Teresa Leonardi, O.C.D.
(1704.04.12 – 1707)

Born:1663 (Italy)
Died:1707 († 44)

Vicar Apostolic of Great Mogul (India) (1704.04.12 – 1707)

Titular Bishop of Synopolis (1704.04.28 – 1707)

Archbishop Pedro Paulo Palma, O.C.D.
(1696.09.20 – 1701.01.03)

Born:1643.01.02
Died:1701.01.03 († 58)

Titular Archbishop of Ancyra (1696.09.17 – 1701.01.03)

Vicar Apostolic of Great Mogul (India) (1696.09.20 – 1701.01.03)

Bishop Custodius de Pinho
(1669.04.10 – 1694.01.16)

Born:1638.08 (India)
Consecrated Bishop:1669.01.14
Died:1697.04.14 († 58)

Vicar Apostolic of Great Mogul (India) (1669.04.10 – 1694.01.16)

Titular Bishop of Hierapolis (1669.04.10 – 1697.04.14)

Vicar Apostolic of Malabar (India) (1694.01.16 – 1697.04.14 not possessed)

Vicars Apostolic of Idalcan (Roman Rite)

Bishop Matheus de Castro Mahalo, C.O.
(1637.11.14 – 1668)

Born:1594 (India)
Ordained Priest:1631
Consecrated Bishop:1637.11.30
Died:1677 († 83)

Vicar Apostolic of Idalcan (India) (1637.11.14 – 1668)

Titular Bishop of Chrysopolis in Arabia (1637.11.14 – 1677)

Former Prelates

Special Churches

Vasai (↑), Nashik (↗), Poona (↘), Sindhudurg (↓)

Statistics (2021.12.31)

Area: 9,731 km²

Population: 491,249 Catholics (2.3% of 21,691,116 total)

Pastoral Centres: 124 parishes, 58 missions

Personnel: 577 priests (265 diocesan, 312 religious), 15 deacons, 1,913 religious (375 brothers, 1,538 sisters), 35 seminarians

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