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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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Auxiliary Bishop Deepak Valerian Tauro
Auxiliary Bishop Valerian Tauro
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Auxiliary Bishop Deepak Valerian Tauro
Archbishop's House,
1 Ashok Place,
New Delhi-110001, India

Phone: (011)2334-3457

Pope Francis appointed Father Deepak Valerian Tauro as auxiliary bishop of Archdiocese of Delhi on July 16, 2021.

Bishop Deepak Valerian Tauro was born on Aug. 2, 1967, in Chikmagalur, Karnataka.
He completed philosophy studies at the Morning Star Regional Seminary and College in Barrackpore (1986-1990) and, after spending two years of pastoral care in the diocese of Muzaffarpur (1990-1992), he studied theology at St. Albert's College in Ranchi (1992-1996).
Bishop Tauro earned his Masters in spirituality and counseling at Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram in Bangalore (2002-2005).

He was ordained a priest on May 10, 1996, for the diocese of Muzaffarpur.
Since his priestly ordination he has held the following positions: parish vicar in Samastipur (1996-1997) and in Bettiah, Muzaffarpur (1997-1999); rector of the Minor Seminary of Muzaffarpur (1999-2002) (2005-2007); secretary of the bishop of Muzaffarpur (2007-2010); director of the Diocesan Youth Forum (2007-2011) and rector of the Minor Seminary of Muzaffarpur (2010-2011). From 2012, he was secretary of Bihar, Jharkhand & Andaman's Bishops' Council (BIJHAN) and from 2015 to 2021 rector of St. Albert's College, Ranchi.

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