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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 Rajshahi

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Bishop Gervas Rozario
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Bishop Gervas Rozario
Bishop's House, Omorpur,
Airport Road, P.O. Sopura,
Rajshahi-6203, Bangladesh

Phone: +88 0721 761533, + 88 0721 760465, +88 0171274155
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Bishop Gervas Rozario, D.D. was born on Aug. 15, 1951, in Bonpara, a parish in the Rajshahi diocese.

He was ordained a priest on Dec. 31, 1980, and was appointed the bishop of Rajshahi on Jan. 15, 2007 and the ordination took place on March 22, 2007.

Bishop Rozario is now the chairman of Catholic Bishops’ Episcopal Commission for Social Communications and Episcopal Commission for Justice and Peace.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Bishop Paulinus Costa, D.D (1996 - 2005)
  • Bishop Patrick D'Rozario, CSC (1990 - 1995)

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