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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 Zhouzhi

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(Open Church) Bishop Paul Huiyao Wang
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(Open Church) Bishop Paul Huiyao Wang
Catholic Mission,
Bishop's House, Zhouzhi,
Shaanxi, China

Paul Wang Huiyao was born on August 9, 1959. He was ordained priest on January 1, 1989. Father Wang Huiyao was ordained the Bishop of the Diocese of Zhouzhi, in Shaanxi Province on March 8, 2002. He belongs to the government approved Open Church.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Bishop Alfonsus Yang Guangyan (1995-2004 Died)
  • Bishop Louis Li Pai-yu (Li Bao-yu) (May 10, 1951 Appointed – Feb.8, 1980 Died )
  • Father Joseph Kao (May 30, 1941 Appointed - 1951 Resigned )
  • ather John Tchang (June 14, 1932 Appointed – July 1, 1940 Died )

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