Archbishop of Visakhapatnam

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Most Rev. Prakash Mallavarapu

“Baptized and Sent” has been the theme placed before the Church by Pope Francis inviting all of us in the Church, the community of disciples of Jesus, to see with the eyes of faith and with a heart filled with hope how we and the world are in need of the Good News of the Kingdom. We the Believing and Baptized can only bear witness to the Good News and proclaim the same. The momentum of the mission of the Church has to be kept alive and sustained through our personal committed involvement in this mission. For this, the challenge is first and foremost at the individual and personal sphere of life of the “believer-disciples” that we are. By this we mean, in our real life how much we love Jesus Christ and the Good News of the Kingdom?

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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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