Diocese of Kurnool
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In a land area of 43,000 square kilometers, the diocesan territory covers the civil districts of Kurnool and Anantpur.

Population

In Kurnool diocese, the population is 8,556,799 at end of 2008. (The population of the whole country is about 1,2 billion). Most residents are ethnic Telegus.

Language

Telegu is the language used in the diocesan territory.

History

The diocese comprises the civil districts of Kurnool and Anantapur. On June 12, 1967, with the appointment of Bishop Joseph Rajappa, the first Bishop of Kurnool, these districts were separated from Nellore Diocese and formed into Kurnool Diocese. The French Jesuits worked in these areas in the 1700s.

Three French Jesuits are buried at Krishnapuram in Anantapur district. After the withdrawal of Jesuits in 1773 the Paris Foreign Missionary Society took over the Church work and kept the faith of the people alive. For the last 70 years the Mill Hill Fathers have evangelized these areas. The Franciscan Fathers also labored in the western parts of the diocese for some time.

Bishop Joseph Rajjapa, Bishop Mathew Cheriankunnel, Bishop S. A. Arulaiah and Bishop G. Johannes initiated many developmental activities in the fields of evangelization, education, health and social development. Many religious congregations of men and women have taken up activities in these fields.

Political

The towns are managed by municipalities. The villages and small towns are administered by elected local bodies called Panchayats.

Transportation

The diocesan area is well connected in terms of transport infrastructure by roads and railways. The nearest airport is in Hyderabad city.

Economy

Rupees 19,472 (about USD398 as of July 2009) is the per capital income in the diocese territory. Sunflower, maize cultivation is the biggest occupation.

Telecommunication

Government and private operators provide extensive telecommunication facilities in the diocesan area. The diocese is well connected by local cable TV networks.

Education

54.67 per cent is the literacy rate in the diocesan territory.