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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 Da Nang

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Bishop Joseph Dang Duc Ngan
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Bishop Joseph Dang Duc Ngan
Toa Giam Muc,
156 Tran-Phu, B.P. 143,
Tp. Da Nang, Viet Nam

Phone: +84 25 381 0367, (0511)3826.628
Fax :(0511)3826.628
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Bishop Joseph Dang Duc Ngan was born on June 16, 1957 in Ha Noi. He studied philosophy and theology at Saint Joseph Major Seminary in Ha Noi before he was ordained a priest on Dec. 8, 1987. Bishop Ngan provided pastoral care to a local parish and worked as secretary at the Archbishop's House before he furthered his studies at the Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome from 1994-1999 and obtained a doctorate in canon law. After he returned to Vietnam, he worked at the archbishop's house, taught at the major seminary and served as vicar general of the archdiocese. On Oct. 12, 2007, Pope Benedict XVI appointed him bishop of Lang Son - Cao Ban. His episcopal ordination was on Dec. 3 that year.

On March 12, 2016, Pope Francis appointed him bishop of Dà Nang.

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