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Cardinal Cheong

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 Xingtai

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Bishop Guangdong Shi
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Bishop Guangdong Shi
Catholic Mission,
Bishop's House,
Pei-Men, Xingtai,
Hebei, China

Shi Guangdong was ordained the Bishop of the Diocese of Xingtai, in southern Hebei Province, in the year 2008.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • John Jingshan Liu (Bishop 1993-2009)
  • Charles Joseph van Melckebeke, C.I.C.M (Vicar Apostolic: March 14, 1946; Bishop: April 11, 1946 to Aug. 26, 1980)
  • Gaspare Schotte, C.I.C.M (Vicar Apostolic: Dec. 14, 1931 to Jan. 13, 1944)
  • Godefroy Frederix, C.I.C.M (Vicar Apostolic: March 14, 1922 to March 21, 1930)
  • Bishop Joseph Zhongmu Ma (-)

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