Diocese of Jhansi
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Jhansi diocese is in the northern India's state of Uttar Pradesh. 

It has an area of 29,418 square kilometers, with seven civil districts: Jhansi, Lalitpur, Jalaun, Banda, Chitrakoot, Hamirpur, and Mahoba. 

Important cities in the diocese are: Jhansi, Lalitpur, Mahoba, Banda, Hamirpur

Population

There are 3,832 Catholics, representing 0.046 percent of 82, 32,071 people in the territory. Followers of other religions are Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs.

The diocese has 21 parishes and mission stations. 

Most of the Catholics are migrants and are railway employees, who live in the towns. Rural convert Catholics are very few. 

Language

People in the diocese speak Hindi, Urdu, Bhundelkhandi and English.

History

The diocesan territory, then belonging to the Allahabad diocese, was detached in 1929 and was entrusted to the Maltese Province Capuchins, who were working in Allahabad diocese. 

Though the area was declared a prefecture on Jan. 12, 1940, it remained without its prefect due to World War II. On Jan. 21, 1946, Msgr Francis Xavier Fenech O.F.M. Cap was appointed its Prefect Apostolic.

On July 5, 1954 the Prefecture was raised to be a diocese by appointing the Prefect Apostolic Msgr Francis Xavier Fenech O.F.M. Cap as its first bishop. 

Msgr Baptist Mudartha was appointed its auxiliary bishop in 1963. He succeeded Msgr Fenech as its first Indian bishop in August 1967. 

On Feb. 10, 1999, the civil districts of Bhind, Datia, Gwalior, Morena, Shivpuri and Sheopur, belonging to the neighbouring Madhya Pradesh state, were detached from Jhansi diocese, to form the diocese of Gwalior. 

The former prelates were:

  • Bishop Francis Xavier Fenech O.F.M. Cap (1954 - Retired in 1967) 
  • Bishop Baptist Mudartha (1967 - Transferred to Allahabad in 1977)

Economy

Most of the people in the region belong to the middle class, backward community and they are farmers. They cultivate wheat, paddy, gram and groundnut.

Church

Besides pastoral care of the Catholics, the church is involved in the ministries of education and social welfare activities. 

Through Sadbhavana Samiti (Ecumenical Forum), the Church is trying to bring all religious people together. 

Since the Church is not involved in aggressive conversion but in welfare activities, there is not any communal clash between the Church and other communities.

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