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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 Luoyang

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Auxiliary Bishop Peter Qingfu Mao
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Auxiliary Bishop Peter Qingfu Mao
Catholic Mission,
Bishop's House, Luoyang,
Henan, China

Peter Mao Qingfu was born in 1963. He was ordained priest in the year 1994. Father Mao Qingfu was ordained the Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Luoyang, on October 14, 2003.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Bishop Peter Li Hongye (1987-2011)
  • Bishop Chi Minyuan (ordained bishop without papal mandate on May 8, 1962; died 1967)
  • Bishop Assuero Teogano Bassi, S.X. (1887-1970)

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