Alphonsus Mathias

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Alphonsus Mathias
Archbishop Emeritus of Bangalore
Archdiocese Bangalore
Ordination 24 August 1954
Consecration 5 Feb 1964
by  James Knox
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Born(1928-06-22)22 June 1928
Pangala, India
Nationality Indian

Alphonsus Mathias (born 22 June 1928 in Pangala, India) is a Roman Catholic archbishop.

Pangala village in Karnataka, India

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He was ordained a priest on 24 August 1954 and was appointed as the bishop of the Diocese of Chikmagalur on 16 November 1963. The Apostolic Internuncio in India James Knox consecrated him on 5 February of the next year to the bishop ; co-consecrators were Albert Vincent D'Souza, Archbishop of Calcutta, and Raymond D'Mello, Bishop of Allahabad.

The Apostolic Nunciature of the Holy See to India is the diplomatic mission of the Holy See to India, similar to an embassy. It is located at 50-C, Niti Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi. Archbishop Giambattista Diquattro was named Apostolic Nuncio by Pope Francis on 21 January 2017. He was formerly Apostolic Nuncio to Bolivia.

James Robert Knox, GCC, an Australian Roman Catholic cardinal, was President of the Pontifical Council for the Family, between 1981 and 1983; a Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, between 1974 and 1983; and the fifth Archbishop of Melbourne, serving between 1967 and 1974.

Mathias attended the Second Vatican Council. On 12 September 1986, he was appointed Archbishop of Bangalore, a role in which he served until he resigned on 24 March 1998. He was the president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India from 1989 to 1994.

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Catholic Bishops Conference of India association of the Catholic bishops of India of all rites (Latin, Syro-Malabar,  Syro-Malankara)

The Catholic Bishops' Conference of India or CBCI is the permanent association of the Catholic bishops of India. It was established in September 1944, in Chennai. The CBCI Secretariat was located in Bangalore until 1962, when it was shifted to the national capital, New Delhi. The CBCI is a member of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences.

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