The Muvattupuzha diocese belongs to the Syro Malankara Catholic Church. The eparchy of Muvattupuzha comprises civil districts of Ernakulam, Thrissur and Palakkad in Kerala state and Coimbatore, Tirupur, Erode and Karur in Tamil Nadu state.
Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada and English are in use.
On June 11, 1932, Pope Pius XI established the Syro-Malankara hierarchy for the reunited community and erected the archeparchy of Trivandrum with the eparchy of Thiruvalla as its suffragan.
Bishop Geevarghese Mar Timotheos took initiatives to bifurcate the eparchy of Thiruvalla and to erect the new eparchy of Muvattupuzha. Pope John Paul II appointed Reverent Thomas Mar Koorilos as its first bishop. He was installed on Feb. 21, 2003. When he was appointed as the metropolitan archbishop of Thiruvalla in 2007, His Beatitude Moran Baselios Cleemis appointed Msgr. John Varghese Easwarankudiyil as the administrator of the eparchy. On Jan. 18, 2008, Father Abraham Kackanatt was appointed as the new metropolitan of the eparchy. He was consecrated bishop on Feb. 9, 2008, and he assumed the episcopal name Abraham Mar Julios.
The territory is well connected with roads and railway. The nearest airport is about 34 kilometers away from the headquarters.
Muvattupuzha diocese has a pleasant climate. The rainy season (south west monsoon) begins in June and lasts up to September. The north west monsoon brings light rainfall from October to December. The average annual rainfall is about 350 cm.
The economy of Muvattupuzha diocese is mainly based on agriculture and small scale industries. Major industries include matchbox and pulp units and saw mills.
The name Muvattupuzha means the land where three rivers merge. Hinduism, Islam, and Christianity are practiced here.
On every first Friday of the month thousands of Catholics flock to Holy Cross Church of Cherpunkal in Kerala, India to revere Infant Jesus and St. Thomas, the founder of the church. The church stands on the southern bank of Meenachil River. This fabled church, also known by its Syriac name Mar Sleeva (Holy Cross)Church, belongs to Catholic Diocese of Palai of the Eastern-rite Syro-Malabar Church.
St. Mary’s Cathedral Church in Ranchi, the capital of Jharkhand state, is the mother church in the tribal belt of eastern India, where Belgian Jesuits laid the foundation of Catholicism in 19th century. This brownish Church, dedicated to the Immaculate Conception of Virgin Mary, stands on Dr. Camil Bulcke Path and nestles between St. Xavier’s College and St. Albert Major Seminary.
Basilica of Our Lady of Graces in Sardhana is a historic church that lives the memory of love and benevolence of the sole female Roman Catholic ruler in India. Our Lady of Graces Church of Sardhana stands at Meerut district in Uttar Pradesh of northern India. Consecrated in 1822, this 200-feet long church with a high central dome over the main altar, is one of the largest churches in northern India.
Saint Thomas Cathedral Basilica at Mylapore is a monumental declaration on ancient root of Christianity in India. The church was built over the tomb of St. Thomas, the Apostle who is believed to have preached Christianity in India. The cathedral preserves 2000-year-old bones of the saint and the lance that pierced him to death. Popularly known as Santhome Church, the cathedral at Chennai (formerly Madras) in Tamil Nadu state was constructed during the Portuguese era in the 16th century. “San Thome” assumes its name from St. Thomas.
St. Joseph’s Church in Lahore is the oldest Catholic Church in Pakistan that has flourished since the 19th century despite deadly sectarian violence in recent years. The church at Sarfaraz Rafiqui Road in Lahore was established as a wooden structure during the British colonial era, on Oct. 31, 1842, to provide pastoral care to the British soldiers. It completed 180 years this year.
Mokama Marian shrine on the southern bank of Ganges River bears the legacy persecuted Nepali Catholics banished from their homeland to India for refusing to renounce their faith. Our Lady of Divine Grace Church at Mokama stands about 90 kilometers from Patna, the capital of eastern Indian state of Bihar. Mother Mary is popularly known as Mokama Mata (Mother of Mokama). The church was built to honor Mary in 1947.
Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica at Fort Kochi is one of the finest churches and a historic but also a landmark in Kerala state of southern India. Santa Cruz Church blends Indo-European and Gothic architectural style that draws tens of thousands of pilgrims and tourists every year. The cathedral is a great place of devotion and historic significance that survived colonial conquests and invasions to the city.
The Cathedral of Good Shepherd in Singapore is a historic National Monument, but it also holds first-class relics of a French saint who brought Catholicism on the shores of city-state two centuries ago. Built in 1847, the Good Shepherd Cathedral is the oldest Catholic Church and mother church of all Catholic churches in Singapore.