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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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Archdiocese of Kaifeng

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Bishop Joseph Hongxiao Gao
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Bishop Joseph Hongxiao Gao
Sacred Heart Cathedral 41,
Lishiting Street, Kaifeng City,
Henan Province, China

Phone: +86 378 595-0876

Bishop Joseph Gao Hongxiao, O.F.M. is a native of Zhouzhi diocese in Shaanxi province in northern China. The Franciscan is not recognized by the government. He was secretly ordained as Coadjutor Bishop of Kaifeng in 2005. With the death of his predecessor Bishop John Baptist Liang Xisheng, Bishop Gao succeeded as ordinary on Sept. 23, 2007. However, the Chinese government still does not recognize Bishop Gao and does not allow him to work in the diocese.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Bishop John Baptist Liang Xisheng ( 1989 Secretly Ordained; Sept. 23, 2007 Died)
  • Archbishop Gaetano Pollio, P.I.M.E. ( 1911 Born; 1946 Appointed; 1960; 1948 expelled from China; 1991 Died)
  • Bishop Stephen He Chunming (1895 Born; 1962 Ordained without papal mandate; 1986 Died)
  • Archbishop No√® Giuseppe Tacconi P.I.M.E. (1873 Born; 1916 Appointed; 1940 Retired; 1942 Died)

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