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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 Trichur

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Archbishop Andrews Thazhath
Archbishop Thazhath
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Archbishop Andrews Thazhath
Archbishop's House,
P.B. No. 706, Trichur- 680 005,
Kerala, India

Phone: +91-487-2132282, +91-9447321599
Fax :+91-487 - 2332282
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Archbishop Andrews Thazhath was born at Pudukkad, Trichur on Dec. 13, 1951. He was ordained priest at Nandhikkara for the eparchy of Trichur on March 14, 1977 and was nominated auxiliary bishop of Trichur and titular bishop of Aptuca on March 19, 2004, by Pope Jon Paul II. He was ordained bishop on May 1, 2004, at Lourde's Metropolitan Cathedral, Trichur. He was nominated metropolitan archbishop of Trichur, succeeding Mar Jacob Thoomkuzhy, on Jan. 22, 2007, and was installed on March 18, 2007, by Cardinal Varkey Vithayathil. He is the president of the Oriental Canon Law Society of India.

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