Archbishop of Visakhapatnam

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Most Rev. Prakash Mallavarapu

Called to die and rise with Christ.

Lenten season is not just about praying the "Way of the Cross," "Stations of the Cross," fasting and abstinence. Lenten season is an invitation to celebrate the "paschal mystery" with the Lord, to experience afresh dying and rising with Christ who died and rose from the dead. Lenten Season is a time of preparation for the renewal of this experience. Of course, all the devotional practices and abstinence certainly needed to enter and remain in an interior disposition of hope and expectation. We all need periodical cleansing of the body, mind, heart and spirit so that, as St. Paul says, we present our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God...

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His Holiness Pope Francis

The first Pope of the Americas Jorge Mario Bergoglio hails from Argentina. The 76-year-old Jesuit Archbishop of Buenos Aires is a prominent figure throughout the continent, yet remains a simple pastor who is deeply loved by his diocese, throughout which he has travelled extensively on the underground and by bus during the 15 years of his episcopal ministry.

“My people are poor and I am one of them”, he has said more than once, explaining his decision to live in an apartment and cook his own supper. He has always advised his priests to show mercy and apostolic courage and to keep their doors open to everyone. The worst thing that could happen to the Church, he has said on various occasions, “is what de Lubac called spiritual worldliness”, which means, “being self-centred”.

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Our Statistics

Catholic Population

114678

Parishes

75

Diocesan Priests

84

Religious Priests

64

Total Priests

148

Religious Sisters

596

Religious Brothers

5

Ecclesiastical Institutions

7

Colleges

4

Technical Schools

7

Professional Colleges

5

Hospitals

7

Boarding Home

24

Hostels

5

Publications

2

Kindergartens

28

Schools

70

Secondary Schools

37

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