In a proud moment for the Telugu States Hyderabad’s Archbishop Poola Anthony is elevated as Cardinal by Vatican

For the first time a Telugu person from a Catholic Church in India was elevated to the rank of Cardinal.

Anthony Poola was born on 15 November, 1961, at Chindhukur,Kurnool district in Andhra Pradesh.

He joined the minor seminary in Kurnool and then studied at St. Peter’s Pontifical Major Seminary, Bangalore.

He was ordained priest on 20 February,1992. At the age of 46 he was appointed as the Bishop of Kurnool and was ordained Bishop on 19 April 2008.

He was appointed as the Archbishop of Hyderabad by Pope Francis on 19 November, 2020 & later installed as the 11th Archbishop on 3 January, 2021.

Pope Francis announced that Abp. Anthony Poola (60) of Hyderabad will be elevated as Cardinal at a Consistory on Saturday, 27 August 2022.

Apart from Anthony, Filipe Neri Antonio Sebastao di Rosario Ferrao, Archbishop of Goa & Daman, was also chosen as Cardinal by the Pope Francis.