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Diocese of Ahmedabad
Diocese of Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad, now a mega city, is the commercial capital of Gujarat, although the political capital has been shifted some 32 kilometers away to Gandhinagar. Ahmedabad Diocese is the oldest diocese in the state. The earliest sign of Christianity is a church dating to 1842. But only in 1893 did the Archdiocese of Bombay sent a missionary to formally establish a mission in the state, a mission where priests from Germany, Switzerland and Spain served.

Language

Gujarati is the main language spoken. But sizeable numbers of people speaking English, Konkani, Malayalam and Tamil can be found around Ahmedabad.

Climate

Climate is hot with temperatures reaching 46 degrees Celsius during summer. Winters are generally not cold. 

Territory

Ahmedabad Diocese covers 14,791 square kilometers comprising the districts of Ahmedabad, Anand and Kheda. It was created from the territory of Bombay Archdiocese on May 5, 1949. At that time its territory also included that are now Rajkot Diocese (Syro-Malabarese) and Gandhinagar Archdiocese, which were separated from it in 1977 and 2002, respectively. 

The current Bishop is the first diocesan Bishop, and also the first from the local Catholic community.

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