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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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Archdiocese of Fuzhou

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Archbishop Peter Jiashan Lin
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Archbishop Peter Jiashan Lin
Catholic Mission,
Archbishop's House,
Fuzhou, Fujian, China

Peter Lin Jiashan, the Archbishop of Fuzhou Archdiocese, was born on September 2, 1934. He was ordained priest on May 11, 1981, and became the Coadjutor Bishop of the Archdiocese of Fuzhou on July 13, 1997. Bishop Lin Jiashan was made the Archbishop of Fuzhou on August 28, 2010 and was installed on June 09, 2020.

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