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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 Port Blair

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Bishop Visuvasam Selvaraj
Bishop Selvaraj
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Bishop Visuvasam Selvaraj
Bishop's House,
Deeptidham, P.B. 466, P.O.
Junglighat, Port Blair-744103,
Andaman Islands, India

Phone: (03192)239.409
Fax :230.404

Pope Francis appointed Father Visuvasam Selvaraj as bishop of Port Blair on June 29, 2021.

Bishop Selvaraj was born on Jan. 4, 1966, in Raja Anna Malaipuram in the Archdiocese of Madras-Mylapore.

He attended the diocesan minor seminary in Santhome, Chennai, from 1981-85 and studied philosophy at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Chennai from 1985-88 and theology at St. Albert’s College, Ranchi, from 1990-94.

Bishop Selvaraj obtained a master’s degree in canon law in 2001 from St. Peter’s Pontifical Seminary, Bangalore.

He was ordained a priest on May 8, 1994, for Port Blair Diocese.

He has been serving as diocesan administrator since Bishop Aleixo das Neves Dias resigned on Jan. 5, 2019.

Bishop Selvaraj has served the diocese as director of social service, procurator, project director, formation director, chaplain, Sagritara Press director, chaplain of the Tamil community, consultor, judicial vicar and chancellor.

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