Thumma Bala

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The Most Reverend

Thumma Bala
Archbishop of Hyderabad
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Archbishop Thumma Bala
Archdiocese Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hyderabad
See Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hyderabad
Appointed12 Mar 2011
Installed5 May 2011
Predecessor Marampudi Joji
Other postsChairman 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 75)
Narmetta, Andhra Pradesh, India
ResidenceArchbishop's House, 9-1-17/1, Sardar Patel Road, Secunderabad 500 003, Andhra Pradesh, India
Previous postMember 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 the current Archbishop of Hyderabad and Chairman of Andhra Pradesh Bishops' council and also the Chairman of Communication Commission of the diocese.

Hyderabad Metropolis in Telangana, India

Hyderabad is the capital and largest city of the Indian state of Telangana and de jure capital of Andhra Pradesh. Occupying 650 square kilometres (250 sq mi) along the banks of the Musi River, located on the Deccan Plateau in the northern part of South India. At an average altitude of 542 metres (1,778 ft), much of Hyderabad is situated on hilly terrain around artificial lakes, including Hussain Sagar lake —predating the city's founding—north of the city centre. Hyderabad City has a population of about 6.9 million, with about 9.7 million in Hyderabad Metropolitan Region, making it the fourth-most populous city and sixth-most populous urban agglomeration in India. With an output of US$74 billion, Hyderabad is the fifth-largest contributor to India's overall gross domestic product.


Early life

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

Narmetta village in Telangana, India

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Andhra Pradesh State in southern India

Andhra Pradesh is one of the 29 states of India. Situated in the south-east of the country, it is the seventh-largest state in India, covering an area of 160,205 km2 (61,855 sq mi). As per the 2011 census, it is the tenth-most populous state, with 49,386,799 inhabitants. The largest city in Andhra Pradesh is Visakhapatnam. Telugu, one of the classical languages of India, is the major and official language of Andhra Pradesh.


He was Ordained a Catholic Priest on 21 December 1970.

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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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Warangal Metropolitan city in Telangana, India

Warangal is one of the two metropolitan cities in the Indian state of Telangana. It is the district headquarters of Warangal Urban District. Warangal is the second most populous city in the state, with the other being state capital, Hyderabad. As of 2011 census of India, it had a population of 753,538 and an area of 471 km2 (182 sq mi).

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