Thumma Bala

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The Most Reverend

Thumma Bala
Archbishop Emeritus of Hyderabad
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Archbishop Thumma Bala
Archdiocese Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hyderabad
See Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hyderabad
Appointed12 March 2011
Installed5 May 2011
Term ended19 November 2020
Predecessor Marampudi Joji
Successor Anthony Poola
Other post(s)Chairman of Andhra Pradesh Bishop's Council, Chairman of Communication Commission of the Diocese
Ordination21 December 1970
Consecration12 March 1987
by  Samineni Arulappa
Personal details
Born (1944-04-24) 24 April 1944 (age 78)
Previous post(s)Member of the Pontifical Council for Health Care, Member CBCI Commission for Health care
Motto‘to work in charity and in unity’
Styles of
Thumma Bala
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Reference style The Most Reverend
Spoken style Your Excellency
Religious style Monsignor
Posthumous stylenot applicable

Thumma Bala [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] is an India prelate who served as the archbishop of Hyderabad and chairman of Andhra Pradesh Bishops' council and also the chairman of Communication Commission of the diocese from 5 May 2011 to 19 November 2020.


Early life

He was born in Narmetta, Andhra Pradesh on 24 April 1944.


He was Ordained a Catholic Priest on 21 December 1970.


He was appointed Bishop of Warangal on 17 Nov 1986 by Pope John Paul II. He was Ordained Bishop on 12 March 1987. He was appointed Archbishop of Hyderabad on 12 March 2011 by Pope Benedict XVI and installed as Archbishop of Hyderabad on 5 May 2011. [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] He was attacked by some mob in 2016. [12] [13]

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