Located on the south-west coast of Maharashtra, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sindhudurg was created on July 5, 2005, when it was bifurcated from the Diocese of Poona.
It was a suffragan diocese of the Archdiocese of Bombay until 25 November 2006, when Pope Benedict XVI transferred it to the newly established Metropolitan province of Goa and Damão.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Sindhudurg is known to be 'missionary in nature' and is home to 25 parishes and substations. It is also the 'spiritual home' of over 25,000 Catholics.
Owing to the migration from Goa, over 200 years ago, the cultural identity of the people of the diocese is Goan. The roots of the ethnic traditions, customs, religious customs, including the language can be traced to Goa.