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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 Malolos

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Bishop Dennis Cabanada Villarojo
Bishop Villarojo
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Bishop Dennis Cabanada Villarojo
Diocesan Pastoral Center,
Barasoain, Malolos,
3000 Bulacan, Philippines

Phone: (044)791-0326
Fax :791-2680

Bishop Villarojo was born in Cebu City, Philippines in 1967, and was ordained a priest in 1994.

He received a licentiate in philosophy from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines and a doctorate in philosophy from the Pontifical University of the Sacred Heart, Rome. He has served as the personal secretary of the archbishop of Cebu, Cardinal Vidal, and coordinator of the archdiocesan Pastoral Planning Board.

He is currently moderator of the personal pastoral group of the parish of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Capitol, Cebu City, and secretary general of the 51st Eucharistic Congress to take place in Cebu in January 2016.

On 14 May 2019, Pope Francis appointed Bishop Villarojo as Bishop of Malolos.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Bishop Honesto Flores Ongtioco (12 May 2018 to 21 Aug 2019)
  • Bishop Jose F Oliveros (14 May 2004 Appointed - 11 May 2018 Died)
  • Bishop Rolando Joven Tria Tirona O.C.D (Dec. 14, 1996 - June 28, 2003 - now bishop of Infanta)
  • Bishop Cirilo R. Almario (1977-2004)
  • Bishop Cirilo R. Almario (Dec. 15, 1977 - Jan. 20, 1996)
  • Bishop Manuel P. Del Rosario † (Dec. 11, 1961 - Dec.15, 1977 Resigned, March 23, 2009 Died)

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