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MOST REV. RAPHAEL CHEENATH S.V.D.,D.D

Suffragans: Balasore, Berhampur, Rourkela, Sambalpur


Born: Dec.29 1934; Ord . Sept.21 , 1963; El Bishop of Sambalpur Feb 28, 1974; 1, 1985 ; Inst Aug.11, 1985.

Res: Archbishop's House , Satyanagar, Bhubaneswar-751 001, Orissa .

Gram: Archbishop's House
Tel: (0674) 502234,520524
Fax: (0674)501817
E-mail: crcdc@dte.vsnl.net.in
Patron: St Thomas
Area: 32,440, Sq . Km

Total Population: 9,935,372
Catholics: 44.919

Language: Oriya, Kui, Hindi, English

History: The Archdiocese of Cuttack - Bhubaneswar comprises the civil districts of Cuttack Phulbani (Kandhamal) Jaj Pur , Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Puri& Khurda .

The Diocese of Cuttack was part of the Diocese of Visakhapatnam since 1845 . In 1922 , the Spanish Vincentian Fathers came to Orissa. In 1928, Pope Pius XI declared the mission of Cuttack "sui juris".

In 1937 this mission was created into a Diocese and was made suffragan of Ranchi. On January 24, 1947 , it became a Metropolitan See and Most Rev. Henry D'Souza was appointed the first Archbishop of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar. Apart of the former Cuttack Diocese was erected into the Diocese of Berhampur . In april 1985 , Bishop Henry D'Souza was transferred to the Archdiocese of Calcutta . On 11 Aug. 1985 , Bishop Raphael Cheenath, S.V.D., of the Diocese of Sambalpur succeeded him as Archbishop.

Former Prelates: Bishops of Cuttack: 1 Florencio Sanz Esperanza , C.M. ( 1939-1949); 2 Paul Tobar Consalves, CM (1949-1971);3 Archbishop henry D'Souza (1974-1985)

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