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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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Apostolic Prefecture of Yixian

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Auxiliary Bishop John Cangbao Chen
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Auxiliary Bishop John Cangbao Chen
Catholic Mission,
Lianghechuang,
Hebei, China

John Chen Cangbao was born in the year 1960. He was ordained priest in 1986. Father Chen Cangbao was ordained the Auxiliary Bishop of the Apostolic Prefecture of Yixian, in Liaoning Province, on March 19, 1997.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Bishop Joseph Sun Yuanmo † (1982 Ordained auxiliary bishop, Feb, 22, 1991)
  • Bishop Francis Han Ting-bi † (1949 Appointed - Dec. 21, 1991 Died)
  • Bishop Joseph Kao † (Jan. 19, 1943 Appointed - March 1945 Resigned)
  • Bishop Peter Tcheng Ngnou-tang (Cheng Yutang) † (May 24, 1932 Appointed – March 10, 1942 Died)

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