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Explore the Oldest Dioceses in South Asia

Cardinal Cheong

The cathedral of the first diocese in India.

It is believed that Christianity was introduced to India by Thomas the Apostle,
who is said to have reached the Malabar Coast of Kerala in 52 AD.

Christian communities developed and expanded further when
Portuguese missionaries arrived in the 13th and 14th centuries.

History of a few oldest dioceses in India as the cradle of Indian Christianity
can be dated back to the 15th century.

Find out which is the first diocese in India here.

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Apostolic Prefecture of Qiqihar

Apostolic Prefecture of Qiqihar

In a land area of approximately 213,000 square kilometers, the diocesan territory covers the prefecture-level cities of Qiqihar,

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Apostolic Vicariate of Bontoc-Lagawe

Apostolic Vicariate of Bontoc-Lagawe

In a land area of 4,615.1 square kilometers, the diocesan territory covers the civil provinces of Mountain Province and

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Archdiocese of Visakapatnam

Archdiocese of Visakapatnam

In a land area of 25,950 square kilometers, the diocesan territory covers civil districts of Visakhapatnam, Viziangaram and East

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