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Archdiocese of Bombay

Cardinal Oswald Gracias
Cardinal Gracias
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Cardinal Oswald Gracias
Archbishop's House
21, Nathalal Parekh Marg
Mumbai 400 001
Maharastra, India

Phone: +91- 22-22021093/1193/1293
Fax :+91-22-22853872
Email: [email protected]

Cardinal Oswald Gracias was born on Dec. 24, 1944, in Mahim, Bombay archdiocese. He was ordained priest for the archdiocese on Dec. 20, 1970. He was appointed auxiliary bishop of Bombay on June 28, 1997, and ordained a bishop on Sept. 16 that year. On Sept. 7, 2000, he was appointed archbishop of Agra. Six years later, on Oct. 14, 2006, he was transferred back to Bombay, where he was installed as archbishop on Dec. 14, 2006. Archbishop Gracias was elevated to the rank of cardinal on Nov. 24, 2007, and was appointed cardinal-priest of S. Paolo della Croce a "Corviale." Cardinal Gracias is serving as president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India. He is a consultor to the pontifical council for the interpretation of legislative texts.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Bishop Agnelo Rufino Gracias (2001 - 2014 retired)
  • Simon Cardinal Pimenta (1978 - 1997)
  • Valerian Cardinal Gracias (1950 - 1978)
  • Archbishop Thomas d'Esterre Roberts SJ (1937 - 1950)
  • Archbishop Joaquim Lima SJ (1928 - 1936)
  • Msgr. Sebastian Xavier (1926 - 1928)
  • Archbishop Herman Jurgens, SJ (1907 - 1916)
  • Dom Sebastiao Jose Pereira (1902 - 1928)
  • Archbishop Theodore Dalhoff, SJ (1891 - 1906)
  • Dom Antonio Pedro da Costa (1887-1901)
  • Archbishop George Porter, SJ (1886 - 1889)
  • Bishop Leo Meurin, SJ (1867 - 1886)
  • Bishop Walter Steins, SJ (1861 - 1867)
  • Bishop Alexius Canoz sj (1858-1861)
  • Bishop Anastasius Hartmann ofm Cap (1850-1858)
  • Bishop William Whelan, OCD (1848 - 1850)
  • Bishop Ferdinand Fortini, OCD (1840 - 1848)
  • Bishop Peter of Alcantara, OCD (1795 - 1840)
  • Bishop Victorinus of St.Mary (1789; 1791 - 1793)
  • Bishop Angelino of St.Joseph (1785 - 1786)
  • Bishop Charles of St.Conrad (1773 - 1785)
  • Bishop Dominic of St .Clare (1755 - 1772)
  • Bishop Sebastian of St. Margaret (1754)
  • Bishop Innocent of the Presentation (1746 - 1753)
  • Bishop Peter of Alcantara (1732 - 1745)
  • Bishop Mauritius of St Teresa (1720 - 1726)
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