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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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Archdiocese of Gwangju

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Activities and Organizations

Catholic Educational Institutions

  • Kindergartens:
    16
  • Kindergartens-Students:
    1,719
  • Lower Primary Schools--Students:
    627
  • Post-secondary Schools :
    2
  • Post-secondary Schools-Students:
    728
  • Primary Schools:
    1
  • Secondary Schools:
    6
  • Senior Secondary Schools--Students:
    4,174

Catholic Social Welfare

  • 1 counseling center
  • 1 hospice
  • 1 hospital and 1 clinic with 83 doctors and 391 nurses
  • 15 welfare institutions for the aged: 2 nursing homes and 6 protective facilities, 2 social service centers and 5 others
  • 2 welfare institutions for women: 1 protective facility and 1 vocational training facility
  • 28 welfare institutions for the disabled: 1 school of special education, 11 protective facilities, 7 vocational training institutes, 2 social service centers and 7 others
  • 28 youth protection facilities: 14 study rooms, 9 protective facilities, 4 shelters and 1 other
  • 3 multi social service centers
  • 3 welfare institutions for the homeless: 3 facilities for free meal services
  • 36 welfare institutions for children: 18 orphanages, 1 day care center, 7 study rooms, 9 guidance centers and 1 other
  • 6 welfare institutions for people with Hansen
  • All:
    125

Major Archdiocesan Centers, Associations, Offices

  • Caritas Gwangju
  • Committee for Justice and Peace
  • Committee for the Reconciliation of the Korean People

Other Church Organizations and Associations

  • Catholic Artists' Association
  • Catholic Businessmen's Association
  • Catholic Farmers' Movement
  • Catholic Journalist Club
  • Catholic Lay Apostolate Council
  • Catholic Photographers' Association
  • Catholic Professors' Association of Chosun University
  • Catholic Professors' Association of Jeonnam University
  • Catholic University Students' Association
  • Charismatic Renewal
  • Choice
  • Cursillo
  • Doesari (Gwangju)
  • Gwangju Catholic Center
  • Gwangju Catholic Drivers' Association
  • Gwangju Catholic Nurses' Association
  • Gwangju Catholic Police Association
  • Gwangju Catholic Secondary Schools' Association
  • Gwangju Youth Association
  • Legion of Mary (Senatus)
  • Marriage Encounter
  • Movement for a Better World (M.B.W.)
  • Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration
  • Prison Pastoral Association
  • St. Thomas More Association
  • St. Vincent de Paul Society
  • The Blue Army

Retreat and Education Centers

  • Daegun Center
  • Daegun Center
  • Education Center of Claretian Missionaries
  • Education Center of Claretian Missionaries
  • Franciscan Education Center
  • Franciscan Education Center
  • Passionist House of Meditation
  • Passionist House of Meditation
  • Youth center
  • Youth center

Social Communications

  • "Bible and Life" Publishing Company
  • Caritas Bookstore
  • Gwangju Catholic University Press
  • Gwangju Pyeonghwa Broadcating Corporation
  • St. Paul Bookstore
  • The Catholic Times (Gwangju branch)

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