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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 Hualien

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Activities and Organizations

Catholic Educational Institutions

  • High Schools:
    1
  • High Schools-Students:
    2,400
  • Kindergartens:
    16
  • Kindergartens-Students:
    1,026
  • Primary Schools:
    1
  • Primary Schools-Students:
    700
  • Technical Schools:
    1
  • Technical Schools-Students:
    866
  • Vocational Training Center:
    2
  • Vocational Training Center-Students:
    350

Catholic Social Welfare

  • Clinics:
    2 (4,780)
  • Elder's Daytime Concern Station:
    4 (450)
  • Family and Women's Service center:
    4 (7,500)
  • Homes for the Aged:
    2 (122)
  • Hospitals:
    1 (beneficiaries: 31,070)
  • Retarded Children Centers:
    2 (82)

Major Diocesan Commissions and Organizations

  • Commission for Catechists and Catechism
  • Commission for Diocesan Finance and Construction
  • Commission for Educational and Cultural Apostolate
  • Commission for Social Works
  • Commission for the Family
  • Commission for Vocations
  • Commission for Youth Apostolate
  • Hualien Diocese Aborigine Deanery Juridical Person
  • Pastoral and Evangelization Commission

Social Communications

  • Diocese Website:
    www.catholic.org.tw/hualien/
  • Monthly Publications:
    Diocesan Review

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