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Cardinal Cheong

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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Diocese of Changzhi

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Bishop Peter Lingbin Ding
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Bishop Peter Lingbin Ding
Catholic Mission, Bishop's House,
Changzhi, Shanxi, China

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Peter Ding Lingbin was born on July 20, 1962. He worked as a medical doctor from 1982 until 1988. He pursued his priestly studies at the seminary in Wuhan, and was ordained priest on November 16, 1992. Father Ding Lingbin remained the president of the diocesan-owned Saint Anthony dispensary, from 1995 until 2011, and later functioned as the secretary, and then the Apostolic Administrator of Changzhi in 2011. The Holy See confirmed the appointment of Father Ding Lingbin as Bishop of the Diocese of Changzhi, in 2013. He was later ordained Bishop on November 10, 2016.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Bishop Andrew Daoyuan Jin (2000-2008)
  • Bishop Anthony Li Weidao (1992 Installed - July 21, 1998 Died)
  • Bishop Anton Theodor Fortunatus Spruit, O.F.M. † (Nov. 22, 1927 Appointed - July 12, 1943 Died)
  • Bishop Johannes Hofman, O.F.M. † (April 24, 1891 Appointed - June 1901 Resigned)
  • Bishop Paul Yi Li (-)

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