Pope creates new Diocese of Kuzhithurai in India
His Holiness Pope Francis on Monday erected a Latin rite Diocese in the Kanniyakumari District of Tamil Nadu and appointed a Salesian priest as its first bishop. Fr. P. Jerome Dhas Varuvel will head Kuzhithurai diocese, which has been carved out of Kottar diocese in the southern extreme of mainland India. This was announced in the Vatican and in India on Monday evening. With this, India has 170 dioceses that belong to Latin, Syro-Malabar and Syro-Malankara Churches.