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Archbishop of Visakhapatnam

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Most Rev. Dr. Prakash Mallavarapu

We need to give more pastoral care - Reaching the Unreached…!!

Christian Communities are known for Community celebration of faith with a lot of joy and enthusiasm. The covid-19 pandemic in these two years has taken away most of this joy. We all know virtual Masses and prayer meetings cannot be true substitutes for the actual celebrations at which there is the physical presence and personal participation along with the rest of the fellow believers. Here, we are placing before you some points to reflect on how best we can reach out and involve our faithful in the celebrations of our Christian faith at the parish and village/locality level.

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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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