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Archdiocese of Verapoly

Archbishop Joseph Kalathiparambil
Archbishop Kalathiparambil
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Archbishop Joseph Kalathiparambil
Archbishop's House,
P.O. Box 2581, Kochi-682031,
Kerala, India

Phone: (0484)2396.542
Fax :2360.911
Email: [email protected]

Bishop Joseph Kalathiparambil was the Secretary of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People when Pope Francis appointed him as the new archbishop Verapoly on Oct. 31, 2106.

He was born on Oct 6, 1952 in Vaduthala in Kerala and ordained priest on March 13, 1978, and appointed Bishop of Calicut in April 2002 and consecrated the following month.

Pope Benedict XVI called him to the Vatican in Feb. 2011 to be the Secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant Peoples.

But with the reform of Pope Francis, the four Pontifical Councils for Migrants and Itinerant Peoples, Justice and Peace, Cor Unum, and Healthcare Workers will cease to exist individually on Jan. 1, 2017 when they will be merged into a new single office for the promotion of integral human development.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Francis Kallarakal  (20 Feb 2010 Appointed - 31 Oct 2016 Retired)
  • Archbishop Daniel Acharuparambil O.C.D. (1996-2009)
  • Auxiliary Bishop Antony Thannikot (1978-1984)
  • Archbishop Joseph Kelanthara (1971-1986)
  • Archbishop Joseph Attipetty (1934-1970)
  • Archbishop Angel Mary Perez Cecelia (1919-1934)
  • Archbishop Bernard of Jesus Argiunzons (1896-1919)
  • Archbishop Leonard Mellano of St. Louis (1868- 1897)
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