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KOLKATA, (C.M. Paul) – The newly appointed archbishop of Faridabad His Grace Kuriakose Bharanikulangara who heads the Syro Malabar diocese of New Delhi gives his first television broadcast this evening. The interview entitled ‘EDAYAN’ (Shepherd) is scheduled to be broadcast on Thursday 15thMarch 2012 on ‘GOODNESS TV’ (Divine Centre Pota) at 8.30 pm. The programme is available also in YouTube. Please click the following link to watch the interview:
Pope Benedict XVI on Tuesday (13 March) created a new diocese of Faridabad for the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church and appointed Msgr Kuriakose Bharanikulangara (53), the deputy nuncio of Vatican in Germany, as its first bishop. The announcement was made simultaneously in Vatican and in Kochi. Mar Bharanikulangara will have the title of archbishop as well.
The new diocese covers the region of National Capital Territory of Delhi and states of Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, and Jammu Kashmir and the Gautambudhanagar and Ghaziabad districts of UP.
The new diocese will look after the spiritual needs of nearly one lakh Syro-Malabar catholics. With this, the number of dioceses of the Syro Malabar rite church has gone up to 30, including the 10 outside Kerala.
The Faridabad diocese will have multiple jurisdiction like the Kalyan diocese of the church (Other 8 dioceses outside Kerala come under the territorial jurisdiction of Latin Catholic dioceses).
Mar Bharanikulangara, born to Alia and late B.V. Antony on February 1, 1959 at Karippassery in the archdiocese of Ernakulam-Angamaly, has served as a diplomat of the Vaticanin the last 18 years, including its nunciatures in the UN, Iraq, Jordan, Venezuela, Republic of Congo and Gabon.