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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 Xinjiang-Urumqi

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Catholic Social Welfare

  • Homes for the elderly:
    The Aimin Home for the Elderly in Urumqi offers 60 beds.
    The Yili Home for the Elderly, which offers 100 beds,
    locates at Yining city (about 500 kilometers west of Urumqi)

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