Vatican City (Fides Service) - The Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI on 7 December 2005, established the diocese of Itanagar (India), with territory taken from the diocese of Tezpur, making it suffragan of the metropolitan see of Guwahati.
The Holy Father appointed first Bishop of Itanagar (India) Bishop John Thomas Kattrukudiyil, transferring him from the office of Bishop of Diphu diocese (India).
The new diocese of Itanagar (nom. lat. Itanagaren/sis/), capital of Arunachal Pradesh state, includes 10 civil districts: Tawang, West Kameng, East Kameng, Papum Pare, Upper Subansiri, Lower Subansiri, Kurung Kamay, West Siang, East Siang and Upper Siang. It borders to the north on China, a south on the mother diocese of Tazpur, to the east on the new diocese of Miao (dismembered from Dibrugarh), and to the west on Buthan. St. Joseph’s church Itanagar will be the cathedral. (S.L.) (Agenzia Fides 7/12/2005; Righe 50; Parole 204)