Archbishop of Visakhapatnam

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Most Rev. Prakash Mallavarapu

"Call to be born anew..."

“Remember you are dust and unto dust you shall return!” and “(The reign of God is near at hand,) repent and believe in the Gospel!” are the words the priest or the minister pronounces on Ash Wednesday as he places the ashes on our forehead. Though only one of these formulae is used in the ceremony, it is good to meditate on the message contained in these words from the Holy Scriptures initiating us into the Holy Season of Lent. Both the exhortations are invitations to listen, ponder, pray and respond to God who is offering us this season of grace, the Lenten season!

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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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