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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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Archdiocese of Changsha

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Bishop Methodius Ailin Qu
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Bishop Methodius Ailin Qu
8 Xiangchun Lane,
Kaifu District, Changsha City,
Hunan Province, China,
Postal Code: 410008

Phone: +86-731-84316898, +86-731-84310362

Bishop Methodius Qu Ailin was born in 1961 and was ordained a priest of neighboring Hengyang diocese, in Hunan province, in 1995. He became a bishop candidate in the year 2011 and is approved by the Vatican and recognized by the Chinese government.

The province of Hunan earlier had four dioceses and five apostolic prefectures. The government-sanctioned "open" Church authorities restructured them into six dioceses in 1991 and later merged them into the Hunan diocese in 1999.

Since these administrative changes were not recognized by the Vatican, Bishop Qu is recognized officially by the Holy See as the ordinary of Changsha. But he was also appointed as the apostolic administrator of all other ecclesiastical territories in the province, namely Baoqing, Changde, Hengzhou, Lizhou, Xiangtan, Yuanling, Yongzhou, and Yuezhou.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Bishop Simon Qu Tianxi (1987-2000)
  • Xiong Delian (consecrated in 1958)
  • Archbishop Petronio Secundo Lacchio, O.F.M. (1946-1976)

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