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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 Hualien

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Bishop Philip Chao-ming Huang
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Bishop Philip Chao-ming Huang
c/o Help of Christian Cathedral
168-1, Chung Mei Road.
Taitung P.C. 970,

Phone: +886 03-822-7670
Fax :+886 03-823-7920
Email: [email protected]

Bishop Philip Huang Chao-ming was born in Hualien, Taiwan, on Aug. 23, 1954. He was ordained a priest on April 12, 1983 in Taitung. Before becoming a bishop in 1998, he had been chancellor, minor seminary rector, vicar general of Hualien diocese and assistant rector of the Taiwan Catholic Regional Seminary in Taipei. He was appointed as the Auxiliary Bishop of Kaohsiung on July 16, 1998 and was installed bishop on Sept. 26, 1998. He was appointed Bishop of Hualien on Nov. 28, 2001 and installed Bishop on Feb. 6, 2002. Bishop Huang is the chairperson for the Social Development Commission of the Episcopal conference.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Bishop John Baptist Chien-tsi Tseng (22 May 1998 to 11 Dec 2017)
  • Bishop Andrew Tsien Chih-ch'un † (Jan. 23, 1992 Appointed - Nov. 19, 2001 Retired; died Feb. 17, 2009)
  • Cardinal Paul Shan Kuo-hsi, S.J (Nov. 15,1979 Appointed - March 4,1991 Appointed, Bishop of Kaohsiung)
  • Archbishop Matthew Kia Yen-wen (Dec.14, 1974 Appointed - Nov.15, 1978 Appointed, Archbishop of Taipei)

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