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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 Zhumadian

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Bishop Shoujing Shi
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Bishop Shoujing Shi
Catholic Mission,
Nan-Da-Yuan, Zhumadian,
Henan, China

Shi Shoujing was ordained priest in 1986, and later in 1991, was ordained the Bishop of the Diocese of Zhumadian.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Bishop Joseph Marie Yüen K'ai-chih (Ching Ping) † (Jun. 30, 1939 )
  • Bishop Peter Wang, † (Aug. 4, 1933 Appointed; Aug. 4, 1939 Died)

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