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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 Jhansi

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Bishop Peter Parapullil
Bishop Parapullil
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Bishop Peter Parapullil
Bishop's House,
64, Cantonment, Jhansi - 284001,
Uttar Pradesh, India

Phone: +91 510 - 2370024 (p) +91 510 - 24 71391 (o); 2471594 (o)
Fax :+91 510 2471594
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Bishop Peter Parapullil was born on Dec. 2, 1949 in Perumanoor in Kerala. He completed his studies in philosophy at the seminary in Alwaye and then went to St. Joseph's Seminary in Allahabad. He obtained a post graduate degree in English literature at the Buldelkhand University and a diploma in social and religious communication at the Gregorian University in Rome.

He was ordained priest in 1976. Since 2005 he has been general vicar of the diocese of Jhansi. Pope Benedict XVI appointed him as the bishop of Jhansi on Oct. 31, 2012, following the resignation of Bishop Frederick D'Souza.

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