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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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Curial Bishop Sebastian Vaniyapurackal
Bishop Vaniyapurackal
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Curial Bishop Sebastian Vaniyapurackal
Major Archepiscopal Curia,
Mouth St. Thomas, P.O. Box 3110,
Kochi-682030, Kerala, India

Phone: (0484)235.2629; 235.2906
Fax :235.5010
Email: [email protected]

Bishop Sebastian Vaniyapurackal was born on March 29, 1967. He completed his school education from St. Louis L.P. School, Mundakayam, and St. Joseph High School, Peruvanthanam. Bishop Vaniyapurackal joined Mary Matha Minor Seminary, Podimattam, in 1982 for his priestly formation. He was ordained priest on Dec. 30, 1992. He served as assistant parish priest at St. George’s Forane Church, Kattappana. In 1995 he was appointed director, Yuvadeepti, Kanjhirapally. He was sent for higher studies in Rome in 2000 and obtained doctorate in canon law from Holy Cross University, Rome.

He was elected curia bishop while serving as Syro-Malabar major archiepiscopal vice chancellor at Mount St. Thomas.

Bishop Vaniyapurackal is the second curia bishop of the Syro-Malabar Church.

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