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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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Diocese of Busan

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Activities and Organizations

Catholic Educational Institutions

  • Kindergarten:
  • Kindergarten - Students:
  • Post-secondary School:
  • Post-secondary Schools- Students:
  • Secondary School - Students:
  • Secondary Schools:

Catholic Social Welfare

  • 2 Welfare institutions for Patients with Hansen
  • Counseling centers:
    3 general counseling and 1 counseling of labor problem
  • Hospitals, Clinics :
    4 with 248 doctors and 482 nurses
  • Medical welfare institutions:
    1 charity hospital and 1 hospice
  • Multi social service centers:
  • Welfare institutions for children:
    4 orphanages, 5 day care centers, 9 study rooms
  • Welfare institutions for the aged:
    10 homes and 20 educational and recreational centers
  • Welfare institutions for the disabled:
    9 protective facilities, 3 vocational training centers and 1 other
  • Welfare institutions for the homeless:
    4 protection facilities and 7 facilities for free meal service
  • Welfare institutions for women:
    2 protective facilities and 1 shelter
  • Youth protection facilities:
    10 study rooms, 2 shelters, 1 physical and mind training center and 1 other

Major Diocesan Commissions and Organizations

  • Association of Catholic Benefactors for the Korean Military
  • Justice and Peace Committee
  • Life and Environment Apostolate
  • Marketplace Apostolate
  • Office of Social Welfare Services
  • One Heart One Body Movement
  • Prison Apostolate
  • Seafarers Apostolate
  • Urban Poor Apostolate
  • Workers Apostolate

Other Church Organizations and Associations

  • Artists Union
  • Businessmen
  • Catholic Drivers
  • Charismatic Renewal
  • Cursillo
  • Federation of Catholic Students
  • High School Students
  • Journalist Club
  • Lawyers
  • Lay Apostolate Council of Pusan
  • Legion of Mary (Regia)
  • Marriage Encounter
  • Oceanic Counseling Office
  • Peace Pentecost Village
  • Police Apostolate
  • Pusan Choice
  • The Blue Army
  • Youth Charismatic Apostolate

Retreat and Education Centers

  • Benedictine Retreat House
  • House of Benefit
  • House of Spirituality
  • Maria Retreat Center
  • Palma Retreat House
  • Peace Pentecost Retreat House
  • Pusan Catholic Center
  • Retreat House of Korean Foreign Mission
  • St. Paul J. Hasang Spiritual Center

Social Communications

  • A bookstore run by the Daughters of St. Paul
  • A bookstore run by the Society of St. Paul
  • Pusan Pyonghwa Broadcasting Corp. (Radio station)
  • The Weekly Catholic Times (Busan Branch)

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