ASIA/INDIA - The Pope creates new diocese of Jaipur and appoints first Bishop

Thursday, 21 July 2005

Vatican City (Fides Service) - The Holy Father, Pope Benedic XVI on 20 July 2005 created the diocese of Jaipur (India) with territory taken from the diocese of Ajmer-Jaipur making it suffragan of the Metropolitan See of Agra. The Holy Father appointed first Bishop of Jaipur Bishop Oswald Lewis, transferring him from the Office of Coadjutor of the diocese of Meerut (India). The Holy Father also changed the name of the diocese of Ajmer-Jaipur to Ajmer.
The new diocese of Jaipur will comprise 12 civil districts. It will border to the south with the diocese of Ajmer, to the north with the Archdiocese of Delhi and the dioceses of Jullundur and Simla-Chandigarh, to the east with the archdiocese of Agra and the diocese of Gwalior, to the west with Pakistan.
The parish church of Our Lady of the Annunciation at Malviyanagar will serve as the cathedral of the new diocese with Christ the King as patron. (S.L.) (Agenzia Fides 21/7/2005; Righe 52; Parole 193)