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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.

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Diocese of Chanda

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Bishop Ephrem Nariculam
Bishop Nariculam
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Bishop Ephrem Nariculam
Bishop's Home,
Ballarpur, Chandrapur District,
Maharashtra, India, 442 701

Phone: 0091 9423261891, 0091 9130702331
Fax :(91) 7172-242729
Email: [email protected] (P), [email protected] (O)

Bishop Narikulam was born on Dec. 10, 1960, at Sanjopuram in the archeparchate of Ernakulam-Angamaly, where he was ordained priest on Dec. 27, 1986.

He completed his ecclesiastical studies at Poonamallee and Bangalore, where he earned a doctorate in spiritual theology at Saint Peter's Pontifical Institute.

He was a pastor in Ernakulam and Delhi before serving the eparchy of Chanda, where he was rector of the minor seminary for seven years. He has been the chaplain of the Syro-Malabar Community in Toronto (Canada) when appointed bishop.

When in Canada, he was lecturer at the Toronto School of Theology, coordinator of Toronto priestly formation at St. Augustine's Seminary and chaplain of the Syro-Malabar community.

On August 31, 2014, Pope Francis appointed him as the new bishop of the diocese of Chanda following the resignation of Bishop Vijay Anand Nedumpuram.

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