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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.

Find out the oldest diocese in India here.

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Diocese of Keningau

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Bishop Cornelius Piong
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Bishop Cornelius Piong
Bishop's House,
P. O. Box 256, 89008
Keningau Sabah, Malaysia

Phone: +60 87-331411
Fax :+60 87-331411
Email: [email protected]

Bishop Cornelius Piong was born on July 1, 1949, in Bundu Kuala Penyu, North Borneo (now Sabah). He was ordained a priest on March 27, 1977, and was appointed the first bishop of Keningau on Feb. 2, 1993. His episcopal ordination was on May 6, 1993. He is the president of the Malaysia-Singapore-Brunei Episcopal Commission for Culture and the Malaysian Catechetical Commission.

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