Telesphore Placidus Cardinal Toppo
Archbishop Emeritus of Ranchi
|Church||Roman Catholic Church|
|Archdiocese||Archdiocese of Ranchi|
|Installed||24 June 2018|
|Other posts||Cardinal-Priest of Sacro Cuore di Gesù agonizzante a Vitinia.(2018-till date)|
|Ordination||03 May 1969|
by Bishop Franz von Streng
|Consecration||07 October 1978|
by Archbishop Pius Kerketta, S.J.
|Created cardinal||21 October 2003|
by Pope John Paul II
|Laicized||24 June 2018|
|Birth name||Telesphore Placidus Toppo|
|Born||15 October 1939|
|Previous post||Bishop of Dumka.(1978-1984)|
Coadjutor Archbishop of Ranchi.(1984-1985)
Metropolitan Archbishop of Ranchi.(1985-2018)
Vice-President of Catholic Bishops' Conference of India.(1998-2002)
Archbishop of Bombay.(1978-1996)
President of Catholic Bishops' Conference of India.(2002-2005)
President of Catholic Bishops' Conference of India.(2004-2008)
Member of Commission of Cardinals overseeing the Institute for Works of Religion.(2008-2014)
President of Catholic Bishops' Conference of India.(2011-2013)
Member of Council of Cardinals for the Study of Organisational and Economic Problems of the Apostolic See.(2012-2014)
|Alma mater||Saint Xavier's College|
Pontifical Urban University.
|Motto||Parare Viam Domini(Latin)|
Prepare the way of the Lord(English– Isaiah 40:3)
|Coat of arms|
Telesphore Placidus Toppo
|Reference style||His Eminence|
|Spoken style||Your Eminence|
Ordination history of
Early life and ordination
Toppo was born in Chainpur, in the state of Bihar and now in Jharkhand, India, on 15 October 1939, the eighth of ten children. He and his family belonged to the indigenous peoples of India, known as tribals or Adivasi, who are among the country's most neglected and the least integrated into modern society.
After a stint at Torpa (Jharkhand), as Headmaster of St Joseph's School and Director of the Lievens Vocational Center, Toppo was named Bishop of Dumka and received his episcopal consecration on 7 October 1978 from Archbishop Pius Kerketta SJ. He was appointed Coadjutor Archbishop of Ranchi, capital of the Jharkhand state, on 8 November 1984. He became Archbishop there on 7 August 1985.
Toppo was made Cardinal-Priest by Pope John Paul II on 21 October 2003, given the titular church of Sacro Cuore di Gesù agonizzante a Vitinia. He was the third cardinal from India, the first Adivasi. He said the title of cardinal was a "mark of distinction for the tribal Church in India and recognition of its growth".
He was elected to serve a two-year term president of Catholic Bishops' Conference of India on two occasions, in 2004 and 2006. He also served as president of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India, made up of Latin Rite bishops only, from 2001 to 2004 and from 2011 to 2013.
At the Synod of Bishops in 2008, he endorsed ecumenical efforts but warned against "dilution of the Truth" and called for agreement on a common date for the celebration of Easter. At the Synod on the New Evangelization in 2012, he called on religious orders to commit themselves anew to missionary work.
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