The Most Reverend
|Archbishop Emeritus of Hyderabad
|Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hyderabad
|Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hyderabad
|12 March 2011
|5 May 2011
|19 November 2020
|Chairman of Andhra Pradesh Bishop's Council, Chairman of Communication Commission of the Diocese
|21 December 1970
|12 March 1987
by Samineni Arulappa
|Member of the Pontifical Council for Health Care, Member CBCI Commission for Health care
|‘to work in charity and in unity’
|The Most Reverend
Thumma Balais 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.
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.He was attacked by some mob in 2016.
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