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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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Diocese of Zhengding

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(Open Church) Bishop Paul Guanhua Dong
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(Open Church) Bishop Paul Guanhua Dong
Catholic Mission,
Bishop's Hosue, Zhengding,
Hebei, China

Paul Dong Guanhua was born in the year 1958. He was ordained the Bishop of the Diocese of Zhengding, in southwestern Hebei Province, in 2005. He belongs to the government approved Open Church.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Bishop Job Chen Qiming, C.M. (Jan. 5 1939 – Jun. 10, 1959)
  • Francisus Hubertus Schraven, C. M. (Dec. 3 1920 – Oct. 9 1937)
  • Jean De Vienne de Hautefeuille, C. M. (Apr. 2 1917 – Apr. 2 1919)
  • Jules-Auguste Coqset, C. M. (May 3 1907 – 2 Feb. 1917)
  • Bishop Jules Bruguière, C. M. (Jul. 29 1891 – Oct. 19, 1906)
  • Bishop Jean-Baptiste-Hippolyte Sarthou, C. M. (Jan. 16 1885 – Jun 6 1890)
  • Bishop François-Ferdinand Tagliabue C. M. (Jul. 22 1869 – Aug. 26 1884)
  • Bishop Jean-Baptiste Anouilh, C. M. (Dec. 14 1858 – Feb. 18 1869)
  • Bishop Julius Jia Zhiguo (-)

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