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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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Archdiocese of Dili

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Bishop Virgilio Do Carmo Da Silva
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Bishop Virgilio Do Carmo Da Silva
Camara Eclesiaastica,
Av. Direitos Humanos,
P.O. Box 50, Bidau Lecidere,
Dili 88010, Timor Leste

Phone: 332.48.50
Fax :332.23.93
Email: [email protected]

Pope Francis Jan. 30, 2016 appointed Salesian Father Virgilio Do Carmo Da Silva as the new bishop of Dili, in the Capital of Timor Leste, East Timor.

He was the provincial superior of the Salesians of Don Bosco in Timor Leste at the time of appointment.

Born Nov. 27, 1967 a Venilale, Bishop Da Silva completed his primary and secondary studies at the Salesian schools of Fatumaca and decided to join the Salesians.

After his philosophy and theology in Manila, in the Philippines, he pronounced his first vows on May 31, 1990 and perpetual vows on Dec. 18, 1998.

After his priestly ordination Bishop Da Silva served as formater and novice master of Salesians, economer, parish priest and director of a technical school. He also has a licentiate in spirituality from the Pontifical Salesian University of Rome.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Bishop Basilio do Nascimento (2003 - 2004)
  • Bishop Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo, SDB (1983 - 2002)
  • Monsignor Martinho da Costa Lopes (1977 - 1983 - deceased)
  • Bishop Alberto Ricardo da Silva (1972-2015)
  • Bishop Jose Joaquim Ribeiro (1967 - 1977 - deceased)
  • Bishop Jaime Garcia Goulart (1941 - 1967 - deceased)

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