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Archdiocese of Bombay

Cardinal Oswald Gracias

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  • Date of Birth : 1944-12-24
  • Mob : (+91)22 2202 1093/21193/ (+91)9967501244
  • Email :
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Cardinal Gracias re-elected to head Latin rite bishops
India (Madhya Pradesh): Cardinal Gracias is also the president of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences.
February 7, 2017, 8:47 AM
Bombay auxiliary bishops consecrated
India (Maharashtra): The appointments of two priests were announced by Pope Francis December 20
January 30, 2017, 8:44 AM
Mumbai Archdiocese promotes shroud burials
India (Maharashtra): According to Father D’Silva, Thane and adjoining areas warmed up to shroud burials nearly 15 years ago.
January 26, 2017, 10:29 PM
Mumbai Catholics yet to okay Church's poll offer
India (Maharashtra): Community members have not shown enough interest so far for contesting the civic elections.
January 17, 2017, 6:58 PM

Short History of Bombay Diocese

Group: : Latin-rite
Phone : +91 22 22021093
Address : Archbishop's House
21, Nathalal Parekh Marg
Mumbai 400 001
Maharastra, India
Website :

With a land area of 10,103.4 square kilometers, the diocesan territory covers the civil districts of Mumbai City, Mumbai Suburban, Thane and Raigad.

Bombay, or Mumbai, is the biggest city in the archdiocese, and in India too. Thane, Navi Mumbai and Raigad are other important towns in the territory.


19,249,203 total. Bombay has a mix of many communities with native Marathis forming a substantial segment


Marathi, English, Konkanni, Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam, Bengali, Gujarati


Cities are managed by corporations. Villages and small towns are administered by panchayat and municipalities, respectively. These local bodies are elected.


Mumbai has an airport. The city also has a major port and is a major naval facility. It is considered one of the largest cities in the world in terms of population and size.


Annual per capita income is 24,112 rupees (US$513as of November 2009 ). Mumbai is considered the financial center of the Indian economy. The diocesan area is known for its fishing, ship building, nuclear power plants and naval bases.


Government and private operators provide extensive telecommunication facilities in the diocesan area, which is also well covered by local cable TV networks.


82.75 percent literacy rate


Name Type
Parishes 118
Diocesan Priests 269
Religious Priests 290
Total Priests 559
Religious Sisters 1,500
Religious Brothers 96
Ecclesiastical Institutions 13
Colleges 5
Schools 158
Technical Schools 14
Professional Colleges 18
Catholic Population 504,265
Orphanages 31
Hostels 14
Hospitals 9
Publications 18

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