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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 Tianshui

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Bishop John Baptist Ruowang Wang
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Bishop John Baptist Ruowang Wang
Bishop John Baptist Ruowang Wang of the underground community was appointed by the Holy See as Bishop of Tianshui in 2011 at the age around 50. His eldest brother is retired Bishop Casmirus Wang Milu and his third brother is former diocesan administrator Father Wang Ruohan

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Bishop Augustine Zhao Jingnong (1981 – 2004)
  • Bishop Peter Gratian Grimm, O.F.M. Cap. † (1949 - 1972)
  • Bishop Salvador-Pierre Walleser, O.F.M. Cap. † (1922 - 1946)
  • Father Constantin Daems, C.I.C.M. † (1914 - 1922)
  • Bishop Everard Ter Laak, C.I.C.M. † (1906 - 1914)

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