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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 Ende

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Archbishop Vincentius Sensi Potokota
Archbishop Potokota
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Archbishop Vincentius Sensi Potokota
Jl. Katedral
5, Ende 86312,
Flores, East Nusa Tenggara,

Phone: +62 831-21176, 22846, +62 813 394 178 78
Fax :+62 831-22873, 21606
Email: [email protected]

Archbishop Vincentius Sensi Potokota was born in Saga, East Nusa Tenggara, on July 11, 1951. He was ordained priest on May 11, 1980. He was appointed the first bishop of Maumere when Maumere diocese was carved out of Ended archdiocese on Dec. 14, 2005. His episcopal ordination took place on April 23, 2006. Just less tha a year later, he was appointed archbishop of Ende on April 14, 2007. His motto is Praedica Verbum Opportune, Importune (Proclaim the Word whether convenient or inconvenient, 2 Timothy 4:2).

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Archbishop Longinus Da Cunha (1996-2006)
  • Archbishop Donatus Djagom, SVD (1968-1996)
  • Archbishop Gabriel Wilhelmus Manek, SVD (1961-1968)
  • Bishop Antoine Hubert Thijssen, SVD (1951-1961)
  • Bishop Enrico Leven, SVD (1933-1950)
  • Bishop Arnoldo Verstraelen, SVD (1922-1932)
  • Father Pietro Noyen, SVD (1913-1921)

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