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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 Ningbo

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Bishop Jin Yangke
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Bishop Jin Yangke
Ciang-Pei-An,
Catholic Mission, Ningbo,
Zhejiang, China

Bishop Jin Yangke was installed as bishop of Ningbo diocese in Zhejiang province in eastern China on Aug. 18, 2020.

Bishop Jin was ordained as coadjutor bishop in 2012 by his predecessor Bishop Mathew Hu Xiande. When Bishop Hu died in 2017, Bishop Jin took over the diocese though he was not publicly ordained and installed.

Born in 1958, Bishop Jin graduated from the Sheshan Seminary in Shanghai and has served the diocese of Ningbo since his priestly ordination in 1990.

He was appointed vice director of the Church Affairs Committee of Zhejiang province in 2014 and director of the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association of Ningbo three years later.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Bishop Matthew Xiande Hu (Died on 25.09.2017)
  • Bishop Michael He Jinmin (2000-2004)
  • Bishop Shu Qishui (1960-1983 without papal mandate)
  • Bishop AndrĂ©-Jean-Franois Defebvre (1926-1967)
  • Bishop Paul Marie Reynased (1884-1926)

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