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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 Srikakulam

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Bishop Rayarala Vijay Kumar
Bishop Vijay Kumar
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Bishop Rayarala Vijay Kumar
Bishop's House,
Balaga Thopu,
Srikakulam-532001, A.P., India

Phone: (08942)223.265
Fax :222.940

On 16 July 2019, Pope Francis appointed Father Vijaya Kumar Rayarala, regional superior of the P.I.M.E., as the new bishop of the diocese of Srikakulam.

Bishop Rayarala, was born in Khammam, on Oct, 15, 1969. He joined St. John’s Minor Seminary, Nidadavolu, Eluru and then studied philosophy at Jnana Deep Vidyapeeth, Pune. He continued his studies of theology and spirituality in the International Theologate of Pontificio Istituto Missioni Estere (P.I.M.E.) in Monza (Italy) and made his final profession on Oct 1, 1997. He was ordained priest in the Cathedral of Khammam, onAug, 29, 1998. In 2003 he obtained a licentiate in Biblical theology from San Luigi University, Naples (Italy).

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