Late Cardinal Valerian Gracias Remembered on His Birthday; 23rd, October:

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Valerian Gracias (23 October 1900, KarachiBritish India to 11 September 1978, BombayIndia) was an Indian Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Archbishop of Bombay from 1950 until his death, and was elevated to the cardinalate in 1953 by Pope Pius XII.


Valerian Gracias was born in Karachi (in modern Pakistan) to José (d. 1902) and Carlota Gracias. His parents were from Dramapur/NavelimGoa, working in Karachi.[1] He studied at St. Patrick’s High School in Karachi, St. Joseph Seminary in Mangalore, and the Pontifical Seminary of Kandy in Ceylon (from where he obtained his doctorate in theology). Ordained to the priesthood on 3 October 1926, Gracias then didpastoral work in Bandra until 1927, when he entered the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome that November. He finished his studies at the Gregorian in 1929 and became private secretary to Archbishop Joachim LimaSJ, and diocesan chancellor ofBombay. He served as preacherpastor, and editor on various newspapers before being named the first Indian rector of Holy Name Cathedral in December 1941.

On 16 May 1946, he was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Bombay and Titular bishop of Thennesus. Gracias received his episcopal consecration on the following 29 June from Archbishop Thomas Roberts, SJ, with Bishops Victor Fernandes and Thomas Pothacamury serving as co-consecratorsPope Pius XII promoted him to Archbishop of Bombay on 4 December 1950. He was created and proclaimed Cardinal-Priest of S. Maria in Via Lata in the consistoryof 12 January 1953. He thus became the first cardinal from India.[2] Gracias was considered to be a conservative.[3]

From 1954 to 1972, he was President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India. Gracias was one of the cardinal electors in the 1958 papal conclaveand again in the conclave of 1963. He attended the Second Vatican Council (1962–1965), and along with Joseph Ritter, he assisted Grégoire-Pierre Agagianian in delivering one of the closing messages of the Council on December 8, 1965.[4] Falling ill in May 1978,[5] the Cardinal did not participate in the conclaves of August and October 1978.

Cardinal Gracias died from cancer in Bombay, at age 77.[5] He was buried in Holy Name Cathedral.

He was awarded the prestigious Padma Vibhushan award on January 26, 1966.


  1. Jump up^ Profiles of eminent Goans, past and present by J. Clement Vaz, p. 45
  2. Jump up^ TIME Magazine. A Cardinal for India January 5, 1953
  3. Jump up^ TIME Magazine. In Search of a Pope August 21, 1978
  4. Jump up^ Christus Rex. To Youth
  5. Jump up to:a b TIME Magazine. Milestones September 25, 1978


    Date Age Event Title
    23 Oct 1900 Born Karachi
    3 Oct 1926 25.9 Ordained Priest Priest of BombayIndia
    11 Apr 1946 45.5 Appointed Auxiliary Bishop of BombayIndia
    11 Apr 1946 45.5 Appointed Titular Bishop of Thennesus
    29 Jun 1946 45.7 Ordained Bishop Titular Bishop of Thennesus
    4 Dec 1950 50.1 Appointed Archbishop of BombayIndia
    12 Jan 1953 52.2 Elevated to Cardinal
    12 Jan 1953 52.2 Appointed Cardinal-Priest of Santa Maria in Via Lata
    11 Sep 1978 77.9 Died Archbishop of BombayIndia

    MicroData Summary for Valerian Gracias:
    Cardinal Valerian Gracias (born 23 Oct 1900, died 11 Sep 1978) Archbishop of Bombay

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