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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.

Find out the oldest diocese in India here.

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Diocese of Antipolo

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Bishop Francisco mendoza De Leon
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Bishop Francisco mendoza De Leon
Parish Priest
Our Lady of The Abandoned Parish
sta.Elena,Marikina City

Phone: (02)682-0792, (02)646-1781
Fax :(02)682-0792
Email: [email protected]

Francisco Mendoza Born in June 11,1947 in La Huerta, Paranaque. Ordained Priest on June 28,1975 in the Archdiocese of Manila. Appointed Titular Bishop of Bosetano And Auxillary Bishop of Antipolo onJune 27,2007. Ordained Bishop : September 1,2007 at Manila Cathedral. Installed as Auxillary Bishop of Antipolo on September 8,2007. On Sep 9, 2016 He was succeeded as the Bishop of Antipolo.

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