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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 Jining

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Bishop Anthony Shun Yao
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Bishop Anthony Shun Yao
Catholic Mission,
Mei-Kuei-Yin-Tze, Jining,
Inner Mongolia, China

Anthony Yao Shun was born in December 1965 in Ulanqab. He pursued his priestly studies at the National Seminary in Beijing, China, and was ordained priest on May 19, 1991. Father Yao Shun specialized in liturgy at Saint John’s University in Collegeville, U.S, during 1994-98, and later devoted himself to Biblical studies in Jerusalem.

He served as the Spiritual Director of National Seminary during the 1990’s, and has been an integral part of the liturgical commission, which is dependent on the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association and the Council of Chinese Bishops. He has been the Secretary of the liturgical commission from 1998-2004, and has been serving currently as the Vice Director of the commission since 2004.

Father Yao Shun was elected as the Bishop of the Diocese of Jining on April 9, 2019, and was ordained Bishop on August 26, 2019.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Bishop John Shigong Liu (Died on 09.06.2017)
  • Father Ai Shijun, Administrator (1980-1995)
  • Bishop Joseph Fan Heng-an (10 Jan 1933 Appointed - 1975 Died)
  • Bishop Evarist Chang (Tchang) (8 Feb 1929 Appointed - 26 May 1932 Died)

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