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Diocese of Ootacamund

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The diocese stretches over a land area of 7,312 square kilometers. Ooty is the largest town in the diocese.

Population

In 2016, the total population is 2,274,321 in the diocesan territory. Tamils, Badagas and Thodas are the major ethnic groups.

Language

English, Badaga, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil and Thodas are the languages used.

History

The diocese of Ootacamund came into being by the Apostolic Constitution Nuntiatur in Psalmis of Pope Pius XII, which was promulgated on 3rd July, 1955. It came into being by partition from the mother diocese-Mysore, of which it had been a part from 1941-1955. Comprising the whole of the Nilgiris district and a part of Erode district which lies to the north of river Bhavani, the diocese covers an area of 7,312 sq kms and has a population numbering 20,60,445 of which 90,864 are Catholics and 20,235 are Christians from other denominations. The Church of the Sacred Heart, Udhagamandalam was chosen as its Cathedral and Antony Cardinal Padiyara was its first Bishop.

In 1845, Coimbatore and Mysore became seperate pro-Vicariates Apostolic and in 1850 Vicariates Apostolic and later on in 1886 separate dioceses with the establishment of the Hierarchy in India by Pope Leo XIII. Until 1940, the Nilgiris District together with all the territory lying to the North of the river Bhavani was part of Coimbatore Diocese. By a decree of the Sacred Congregation of the Propagation of Faith, dated 13th February 1940 it was attached to the Diocese of Mysore. In 1941 Mysore Diocese was reconstituted and Nilgiris District and all the territory to the north of river Bhavani became a part of it. Being a part of the diocese of Mysore for fourteen years, owing to the difficulties arising out of the differences in language, culture and distance, Ootacamund was raised to the status of a diocese in its own right on July 3rd, 1955.

Political

Towns are governed by municipalities, whereas villages and small towns are administered by local bodies called panchayats. The members of the local bodies are elected.

Transportation

The diocese, which is mostly in a hilly area, is well-connected by roads. The nearest airport is in Coimbatore city.

Geography

The diocese stretches over a land area of 7,312 square kilometers. Ooty is the largest town in the diocese.

Economy

The diocesan territory has a per capita income of Rs 19,027 ($425) as of December 2006. Tourism, tea, coffee, spices and vegetables are major revenue earners.

Telecommunication

Government and private operators provide extensive telecommunication facilities in the diocesan area. The diocese is well-connected by local cable TV networks.

Education

The literacy rate is 80.01 percent.

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