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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 Hanzhong

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Coadjutor Bishop Stephen Hongwei Xu
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Coadjutor Bishop Stephen Hongwei Xu
Catholic Mission,
Ming-Teh-kie, Hanzhong,
Shaanxi, China

Stephen Xu Hongwei was born on January 16, 1975. He was ordained priest on July 11, 2002. Father Xu Hongwei was elected as the Coadjutor Bishop of the Diocese of Hanzhong on April 11, 2019. His ordination as Coadjutor Bishop was held on August 28, 2019.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Joseph Maggi, P.I.M.E (Jan 13, 1949 Appointed - Aug 17, 1963 Died)
  • Mario Civelli, P.I.M.E (Mar 11, 1935 Appointed - Jul 18, 1946 Appointed, Bishop of Weihwei [Jixian])
  • Lorenzo Balconi, P.I.M.E (Mar 7, 1928 Appointed - Mar 1934 Resigned)
  • Antonio Maria Capettini, P.I.M.E (Apr 7, 1919 Appointed - 1925 Resigned)
  • Pio Giuseppe Passerini, P.I.M.E (Mar 29, 1895 Appointed - Apr 24, 1918 Died)
  • Gregorio Antonucci, P.I.M.E (1888 Appointed - Apr 1895 Resigned)
  • Bishop Bartholomew Chengti Yu (-)

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