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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 Palembang

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Archbishop Yohanes Harun Yuwono
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Archbishop Yohanes Harun Yuwono
Keuskupan Agung,
Jl. Tasik 18,
Palembang 30135, Indonesia

Phone: (0711)350.417
Fax :314.776
Email: [email protected]

Pope Francis appointed Bishop Yohanes Harun Yuwono as Archbishop of Palembang on July 03, 2021.

Archbishop Yohanes Harun Yuwono was born in Way Ray, Indonesia, on July 4, 1964, and was ordained priest in 1992. He has a licentiate in Islamology from the Pontifical Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, Rome, and has served in a number of pastoral roles, including parish vicar in Sungaliat, chairman of the diocesan pastoral secretariat in Pangkalpinang, and currently rector at the Interdiocesan Major Seminary of Pematangsiantar, and teacher of Islamic studies at the St Yohanes Institute of Philosophy and Theology in Pematangsiantar.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Archbishop Aloysius Sudarso (20 May 1997 Appointed - 3 Jul 2021 Retired)
  • Joseph Hubertus Soudant, S.C.I (1963 - 1997)
  • Henri Martin Mekkelholt, S.C.I (1934 -1963)
  • Harrie van Oort, S.C.I (1927 - 1934)
  • Enrico Smeets, S.C.I (1924 - 1926)

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