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Archdiocese of Visakhapatnam

Archidioecesis Visakhapatnamensis

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  • Vacant
  • Jaya Rao Polimera, Apostolic Administrator
  • Prakash Mallavarapu, Archbishop Emeritus

Suffragan Dioceses

General Information

  • Type of Jurisdiction: Archdiocese
  • Elevated: 16 October 2001
  • Metropolitan See
  • Depends on: Dicastery for Evangelization
  • Rite: Latin (or Roman)
  • Country: India
  • Square Kilometers: 28,507 (11,010 Square Miles)
  • Official Web Site:
  • Mailing Address: Archbishop's House, D. No. 13-1-1/C, Maharanipeta, Visahapatnam-530002, A.P., India
  • Telephone: (0891)2706.428; 2704.404

Historical Details

Past and Present Ordinaries

Historical Summary

Vicariate Apostolic of Vizagapatnam
3 April 1850ErectedVicariate Apostolic of Madras Vicariate Apostolic of Vizagapatnam (erected)
Diocese of Vizagapatnam
1 September 1886ElevatedVicariate Apostolic of Vizagapatnam Diocese of Vizagapatnam
11 July 1887Territory LostDiocese of Vizagapatnam Diocese of Nagpur (erected)
18 July 1928Territory LostDiocese of Vizagapatnam (Civil districts of Ganjam and southern Orissa) Mission "Sui Iuris" of Cuttack (erected)
Diocese of Visakhapatnam
21 October 1950Name ChangedDiocese of Vizagapatnam Diocese of Visakhapatnam
19 September 1953Metropolitan ChangedDiocese of Visakhapatnam (from Madras and Mylapore (Meliapor))
20 June 1957Territory AddedDiocese of Cuttack
Diocese of Visakhapatnam
25 April 1966Territory LostDiocese of Visakhapatnam (Bhadrachellam Taluk) Diocese of Warangal
16 June 1966Territory LostDiocese of Visakhapatnam (Part of Koraput District) Diocese of Cuttack
16 June 1966Territory LostDiocese of Visakhapatnam (Bastar District) Prefecture Apostolic of Raipur
3 January 1967Territory LostDiocese of Visakhapatnam (Nugur Taluk) Diocese of Warangal
24 January 1974Territory LostDiocese of Cuttack (Parts of Ganjam and Koraput)
Diocese of Visakhapatnam (Kalahandi and Parts of Ganjam and Koraput)
Diocese of Berhampur (erected)
1 July 1993Territory LostDiocese of Visakhapatnam (Srikakulam and part of Vizianagram (Paravathipuram, Kurupam, and Cheepurupalli)) Diocese of Srikakulam (erected)
Archdiocese of Visakhapatnam
16 October 2001ElevatedDiocese of Visakhapatnam Archdiocese of Visakhapatnam


YearCatholicsTotal PopulationPercent CatholicDiocesan PriestsReligious PriestsTotal PriestsCatholics Per PriestPermanent DeaconsMale ReligiousFemale ReligiousParishesSource
Diocese of Visakhapatnam
Archdiocese of Visakhapatnam

Note: Any changes in boundaries over time are not indicated in the above table.

Affiliated Bishops, Living

Affiliated Bishops, Deceased


  • Vicariate Apostolic of Vizagapatnam
    • Series Episcoporum Ecclesiae Catholicae, Volume 1, Page 120
  • Diocese of Visakhapatnam
    • Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 43, Page 127
    • Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 46, Page 83, to Page 87
    • Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Volume 50, Page 117
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