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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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Diocese of Tainan

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Apostolic Administrator Bosco Lin Chi-nan
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Apostolic Administrator Bosco Lin Chi-nan
Bishop's Office 15,
Changyoung Road,
Sect. 2 Tainan [70143]
Taiwan

Phone: +886-6-3275761
Fax :+886-6-2092813
Email: [email protected]

Bishop Bosco Lin Chi-nan was born in Hualien County, eastern Taiwan, on May 14, 1943. He was ordained a priest on Jan. 6, 1973 in Rome, Italy. He was appointed as the auxiliary bishop of Kaohsiung on Oct. 8, 1992 and was ordained on Jan. 2, 1993. Pope John Paul II appointed him Bishop of Tainan on Jan. 24, 2004. He was installed on March 21 the same year.

On Nov. 14, 2020 Bishop Bosco Lin Chi-nan retired.

On 19 Jun 2021, Bishop Bosco Lin Chi-nan was appointed as the Apostolic Administrator of Tainan.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Bishop John Lee Juo-Wang (14 Nov 2020 Appointed - 19 Jun 2021 Resigned)
  • Bosco Chi-nan Lin (24 Jan 2004 Appointed - 14 Nov 2020 Retired)
  • Archbishop Joseph Cheng Tsai-fa (Dec. 3, 1990 - Jan. 24, 2004)
  • Bishop Paul Ch'eng Shi-kuang (June 7, 1966 - Dec. 3, 1990)
  • Archbishop Stanislaus Lo Kuang (March 21, 1961 - Feb. 15, 1966)

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