The Diocese of Kottapuram was erected by the Papal Bull “Que Aptius” dated 3rd July 1987, and the solemn declaration of the same was made on 1st August 1987. His Excellency Rt. Rev. Dr. Francis Kallarakal was appointed the First Bishop of the New Born Babe by the Apostolic Letter “Romani et Pontificis” dated 3rd July 1987. Together with the Episcopal Ordination of the Bishop elect Dr. Francis Kallarakal, on the feast day of St. Francis Assisi, the Diocese of Kottapuram was officially inaugurated on October 4, 1987.Read more
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The Diocese of Kottapuram, The cradle of catholic faith lies in the civil districts of Ernakulam, Trichur, Malappuram and Palakkad of Kerala State. It has its head-quarters at Kottapuram near the ancient city of Cranganore. It has a population of about 96,950 Latin Catholics. The area of the diocese is 3300 sq. km. The patron saint of the diocese of Kottapuram is St. Thomas, the First Apostle of India.