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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 Samarinda

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Archbishop Yustinus Harjosusanto
Archbishop Harjosusanto
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Archbishop Yustinus Harjosusanto
The Archbishop's Residence,
Jl. D.I. Panjaitan No. 59A,
Samarinda 75117,
Kalimantan Timur, Indonesia

Phone: (0541) 280606, (0541) 280970

Fax :(0541) 280606, (0541) 280970
Email: [email protected]

Archbishop Yustinus Harjosusanto was born on Sept. 5, 1953 in Muntilan, Magelang district, Central Java. He was ordained priest of the Congregation of Missionaries of the Holy Family on Jan. 6, 1982.

Pope John Paul II appointed him bishop of Tanjung Selor in North Kalimantan on Jan. 9, 2002, and his episcopal ordination followed on April 14 that year.

On Feb. 16, 2015, Pope Francis appointed the prelate archbishop of Samarinda in East Kalimantan.

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