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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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Diocese of Yongjia (Wenzhou)

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Bishop Peter Zhumin Shao
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Bishop Peter Zhumin Shao
Catholic Mission,
Bishop's House, Wenzhou,
Zhejiang, China

Peter Shao Zhumin was born on September 10, 1963. He was ordained priest on August 10, 1989. Father Shao Zhumin was ordained Coadjutor Bishop of the Diocese of Yongjia, in Zhejiang Province, on November 10, 2011, with a Papal Mandate. He became the Bishop of Yongjia on September 7, 2016, after the death of his predecessor Vincent Zhu Wei-Fang.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Bishop James Lin Xili (1992-2009)
  • Father Paul Su Xida, apostolic administrator (appointed in 1951, arrested in 1955, died in prison in 1958)
  • Bishop Andr-Jean-Franois Defebvre, C.M., apostolic administrator (1950-51)
  • Bishop Vincent Weifang Zhu (-)

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