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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 Padang

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Bishop Vitus Rubianto Solichin
Bishop Rubianto Solichin
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Bishop Vitus Rubianto Solichin
Jl. Khairil Anwar 12,
Padang 25118 [Sumbar],

Phone: (0751)32.816
Fax :20.743

The Holy Father appointed Father Vitus Rubianto Solichin, S.X, as bishop of Padang diocese on July 3, 2021.
Before the appointment, Bishop Solichin was a lecturer in the major seminary and rector of the School of Philosophy, Jakarta.
Bishop Solichin was born on Nov. 15, 1968, in Semarang, Java Island.

He entered Saint Petrus Canisius Minor Seminary in Mertoyudan, Semarang, and later the Pious Society of Saint Francis Xavier for the Foreign Missions (Xaverians).
He continued his philosophical studies at Driyarkara High School of Philosophy, Jakarta, and theological studies at Wedabhakti Pontifical Theological Faculty, Yogyakarta

After priestly ordination he obtained a licentiate in sacred Scripture at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome (1997-2001), after which he served as professor of sacred Scripture at Driyarkara High School of Philosophy and Major Seminary in Bandung (2001-2007).
Since 2013 he has served as professor and vice-chairman for Academic Affairs at Driyarkara in Jakarta, and member of the Xaverian Formation Team and the Xaverian Provincial Council of Indonesia.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Bishop Martinus Dogma Situmorang (17 Mar 1983 Appointed - 19 Nov 2019 Died)
  • Bishop Raimundo C. Bergamin, SX (appointed first Bishop of Padang on Jan. 6, 1962)
  • Monsignor Pasquale De Martino, SX (appointed Apostolic Prefect of Padang on June 27, 1952)

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