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Syro-Malabar Catholic Archeparchy of Thrissur
|Denomination||Syro-Malabar Catholic Church|
|Rite||East Syrian Rite|
|Cathedral||Our Lady of Lourdes Metropolitan Cathedral,|
|Co-cathedral||Basilica of Our Lady of Dolours|
|Patron saint||Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception|
|Major Archbishop||Metropolitan and Gate of all India Mar George Alencherry|
|Bishop||Andrews Thazhath, Archbishop of Thrissur|
|Auxiliary Bishops||Bishop Tony Neelankavil|
|Vicar General||George Kombara|
|Bishops emeritus||Mar Jacob Thoomkuzhy|
The Marthoma Nazrani Archeparchy of Thrissur, or Thrissur Diocese, in Thrissur District of Central Kerala, India, with nearly half a million Syro Malabar Catholics was at one point the largest catholic diocese in India when it included the Syro-Malabar Catholic Diocese of Irinjalakuda, before it was split.
The diocese was founded on 20 May 1887 by Pope Pius XI by his Papal bull Quod Jam Pridem. The boundaries of diocese were from Periyar (river) in Aluva to Bharathappuzha. Later it was extended to Palakkad district and extended to Coimbatore District in Tamil Nadu and was the largest catholic diocese in India.
The total number of parishes is 205. In addition, there are 52 stations in the archdiocese. The population of Syro-Malabar Catholics in Thrissur Archdiocese is over 4,75,000. There are 16 Foranes under Thrissur Archdiocese. They are:
|Serial No.||Forane||Parishes||Stations||Houses||Catholic Population|
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