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Diocese of Raigarh

Diocese of Raigarh
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Population

The population of the area was 1,265,084 at the end of 2002.

Language

Chhattisgarhi, Oraon, Sadri, Hindi and English are in use.

History

The diocese was erected on Dec 13, 1951, by dismemberment of the neighbouring Ranchi and Nagpur dioceses. Bifurcating civil district of Sarguja from Raigarh diocese, Ambikapur diocese was created in Dec. 1977. Bifurcating civil district of Jashpur from Raigarh diocese, Jashpur diocese was formed on March 23, 2006. Jashpur civil district was created in 1999, bifurcating it from Raigarh civil district.

Prior to the formation of the Jashpur diocese, Raigarh diocesan headquarters was located at Kunkuri, a small town in Jashpur district. After the bifurcation of the Jashpur diocese, the headquarters at Kunkuri was moved to Jashpur diocese, about 45 km away from Jashpur district headquarters. After the bifurcation of the Jashpur diocese, the Raigarh diocesan headquarters are located in Raigarh town.. Many Oraon Catholics from the neighbouring Jashpur diocese have migrated to here for employment.

The neighbouring dioceses are: Raipur, Jashpur, Ambikapur, Raurkela and Sambalpur.

Former prelates were: Oscar Severin S.J. (1951 - resigned in 1957); Stanislaus Tigga (1957 - 1970);. Francis Ekka (1971-1984);  and Victor Kindo (1985 - transferred to the newly formed Jashpur diocese in 2006).

Geography

The diocesan territory covers a land area of 8,354 square kilometers and includes the entire Raigarh civil district. Major towns are Raigarh, Sarangarh, Kharsia, Gharghoda, Leonga and Dharamjaigarh.There are six tahsils in the diocese.

Economy

Villagers mostly depend on farming. They cultivate paddy. Jindal Steel Company is established here.

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