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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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Apostolic Prefecture of Ankang

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Coadjutor Bishop John Xiaoxun Wang
Bishop Wang
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Coadjutor Bishop John Xiaoxun Wang
Catholic Mission, Ankang,
Shaanxi,
China

Born to a Catholic family in Shaanxi province on January 19, 1966, Bishop Wang was ordained a priest in 1992. He became the parish priest of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Cathedral in 2005. Bishop Wang received his episcopal appointment from the Vatican before he was "elected" as a candidate for the post of Coadjutor Bishop in 2010.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Pietro Maleddu, O.F.M. Conv (Prefect: 1948 - 1983)
  • Emilio Favarato, O.F.M. Conv (Prefect: 1941 - 1947)
  • erardo Barracciu, O.F.M. Conv (Prefect: 1932 - 1940)
  • Giovanni Soggiu, O.F.M. Conv (Prefect: 1928 - 1930)

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