The Roman Catholic Metropolitan Archdiocese of Bangalore is an ecclesiastical territory or diocese of the Roman Catholic Church in India. It was erected as the Diocese of Bangalore on February 13, 1940 by Pope Pius XII, and elevated to the rank of a metropolitan archdiocese on September 19, 1953, with the suffragan sees of Belgaum, Bellary, Chikmagalur, Gulbarga, Karwar, Mangalore, Udupi, Mysore, and Shimoga. The archdiocese's mother church and thus seat of its archbishop is the St. Francis Xavier's Cathedral; Bangalore also houses St. Mary's Basilica. Bernard Blasius Moras was appointed Archbishop of Bangalore by Pope John Paul II on July 22, 2004.
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