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Diocese of Adilabad

Bishop Antony Prince Panengadan

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  • Date of Birth : 1976-03-13
  • Mob : (+91)8736 258 262/ (+91)8736 255933/ (+91)9490560503
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Short History of Adilabad Diocese

Group: : Syro-Malabar
Phone : +918736-258262
Address : Bishop of Adilabad
Bishop's House, P. O.
Mancherial - 504 208. Dist. Adilabad. A. P.

A total of 2,489,312 people live in the diocesan territory, the tribal Khond community forming the main ethnic group.


Four main languages -- Telugu, Marathi, Urdu, Hindi -- as well as several tribal dialects are spoken. 

The Diocese of Adilabad was erected on July 23, 1999, when Pope John Paul II split the diocese of Chanda, which spread over area in the two states of Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh. The territory in Andhra Pradesh was given to the new diocese. Its 16,210 square kilometers cover the civil district of Adilabad in the northernmost part of the state.


Four political parties dominate the local political structure: the Indian National Congress, Telugu Desam Party, Telangana Rashtra Samithi and Bharatiya Janata Party. The influence of armed Maoist rebels called Naxalites on the district is strong.


A road network connects most of the villages, and a railway route crosses the district.


Annual per capita income is 18,581 rupees (US$405 as of June 2006). Cement, coal, cotton, timber, paper and porcelain pipes are the major industries. The main agricultural crops are rice, millet, lentils, onion and wheat.


Telecommunications services in the diocesan territory are sufficient. Cell phone signals are widely available in the district even in the remotest villages. There is one radio broadcasting station in Adilabad.


The literacy rate in the diocesan territory is 54.4 percent.


The people of Adilabad love to display their cultural talents in public. Cinematic dance and tribal dances are popular. The district is also known for its handicrafts including wooden toys.


Name Type
Publications 1
Religious Brothers 3
Parishes 23
Diocesan Priests 14
Religious Sisters 130
Ecclesiastical Institutions 4
Religious Priests 21
Technical Schools 6
Orphanages 20
Hospitals 10
Catholic Population 13,154
Hostels 2
Total Priests 35
Professional Colleges 0
Schools 63

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