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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.

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Diocese of Varanasi

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Bishop Eugene Joseph
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Bishop Eugene Joseph
Bishop's House,
45 Varanasi Cantt.
221002, U.P., India

Phone: (0542)250.27.61; 250.42.35
Fax :250.27.67
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Pope Francis appointed Father Eugene Joseph as the bishop of Varanasi on May 30, 2015.

A priest of Varanasi, he was the diocesan administrator of Varanasi at the time of appointment as the bishop.

Bishop Joseph was born on Oct 18, 1958, in Madurai archdiocese and studied theology in St. Charles Seminary in Nagpur.

He was ordained priest in April 10, 1985, following which he took up several vital ministries in the diocese, including serving as parish priest, principal of colleges and rector of diocesan minor seminary.

He holds a graduation in education from Gorakhpur University, Masters in English from Mahatma Gandhi K.V. University in Varanasi and Masters in Business Administration from Townsend School of Business, New York.

Since December 2013, he was the administrator of the diocese.

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