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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 Vinh

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Auxiliary Bishop Pierre Van Vien Nguyen
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Auxiliary Bishop Pierre Van Vien Nguyen
Vinh Thanh Major Seminary,
Nghi Dien village,
Nghi Loc district,
Nghe An province,
Vietnam

Phone: +84 907 949 340
Email: [email protected]

Auxiliary Bishop Van Vien was born on 8th January 1965.He is a native of Quang Binh province. He was drafted into the army, where he stayed until 1984. He obtained a doctorate in economics from the University of Agronomy, Hue, in 1992. He was ordained priest in 1999 in the Diocese of Vinh and was sent to work among Vietnamese immigrants in Australia, where he took his doctorate in theology. At the time of his appointment as auxiliary bishop of Vinh on June 15, 2013 he was serving as Vicar-General of the same diocese. He was ordained bishop Sept. 4, 2013.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Bishop Paul Thai Hop Nguyen (13 May 2010 Appointed - 22 Dec 2018 Appointed, Bishop of Hà T?nh)
  • Bishop Paul Marie Cao Dinh Thuyen (2000 - 2010)
  • Bishop Pierre Jean Tran Xuan Hap (1979-2000)
  • Bishop Pierre Nguyen Nang (1971-1978)
  • Coadjutor Bishop Paul Nguyen Dinh Nhien (1963 - 1969)
  • Bishop Jean Baptiste Tran Huu Duc (1951-1971)
  • Bishop Andre Leonce Eloy (1913-1946)
  • Bishop Francoise Belleville (1911-1912)
  • Bishop Louis Marie Pineau (1886-1910)
  • Bishop Yves Marie Croc (1877-1885)
  • Bishop Jean Dennis Gauthier (1846-1877)
  • Coadjutor Bishop Guillaume C. Masson (1846-1853)

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