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The cathedral of the first diocese in India.

St. Thomas the Apostle, who is believed to have arrived on Kerala’s Malabar Coast in 52 AD, is considered the father of the Catholic faith in India.

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

The history of a few ancient dioceses in Asia can be dated back to 13th century pre-Portuguese mission expeditions.

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Archdiocese of Lahore

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Activities and Organizations

Catholic Educational Institutions

  • Catholic students:
    27546 (13167 male, 14379 female)
  • High schools:
  • Higher secondary schools:
  • Middle schools:
  • Montessori / Nurseries:
  • Other Christian students:
    5439 (2367 male, 3072 female)
  • Other students:
    24759 (12255 male, 12504 females)
  • Primary schools:
  • Students in Catholic schools in the archdiocese:
  • Technical:

Catholic Social Welfare

  • Dispensaries:
  • Home for blind:
    1 (females)
  • Home for polio affected:
    1 (females)
  • Homes for the mentally and physically challenged:
  • Hospitals:

Major Diocesan Commissions and Organizations

  • Archdiocesan Family Life Commission:
    Phone: +92 42-36367335
  • Catholic Youth Ministry
  • Focolare Center:
    Phone: +92 42-35759189
  • Franciscan
  • Holy Childhood Society
  • Legion of Mary
  • Renewal Program Centers:
    Renewal Center, Lahore
    Loyola Hall, Lahore
    Dar-ul-Kalam (Religious Education Center), Lahore
  • Serra Club (Promotion of priestly vocation):
    Phone: +92 42-36313325

Other Church Organizations and Associations

Social Communications

  • Communication associations:
    Catholic TV
    Email: [email protected]
    Mobile No: +92 3004426615

    Union of Catholic Asian News
    Email: [email protected]
    Phone: +92 42-37581652

    St. Paul Communication Center
    Email: [email protected]
    Phone: +92 42-36367039

    Vatican Radio Urdu Service
    Email: [email protected]

    WAVE (Workshop Audio Visual Education) Studio
    Address: c/o Social Communication Center
    Phone: +92 42-37581623
    Email: [email protected]
  • Publications associations:
    Theological Institute of Laity
    Email: [email protected]
    Phone: +92 55-33265373
    Website: www.maktabaanaveempakistan.org

    Fatima Designing and Printing Press
    Phone: +92 42-36368254
  • There are 3 Catholic publications in the archdiocese:
    Catholic Naqib (Urdu bimonthly)
    The Christian View (English weekly)
    Hamjoli (Children's magazine)

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