His Holiness Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Alex Joseph Vadakumthala (63) Bishop of Kannur, Kerala as the Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Kottapuram and accepted the resignation of Most Rev. Joseph Karikkassery (77) from the pastoral governance of the diocese of Kottapuram. This provision was made public on 1 May 2023.Read more
The Diocese of Kottapuram, The cradle of catholic faith lies in the civil districts of Ernakulam, Trichur, Malappuram and Palakkad of Kerala State. It has its head-quarters at Kottapuram near the ancient city of Cranganore. It has a population of about 96,950 Latin Catholics. The area of the diocese is 3300 sq. km. The patron saint of the diocese of Kottapuram is St. Thomas, the First Apostle of India.