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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 Xuanhua

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Bishop Thomas Duomo Zhao
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Bishop Thomas Duomo Zhao
Catholic Mission,
Bishop's House, Xuanhua,
Hebei, China

Thomas Zhao Duomo was born in the year 1924. He was ordained priest in 1951. Father Zhao Duomo was ordained the Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Xuanhua, in northwestern Hebei Province, on February 17, 2004, by Bishop Joseph Wei Jingyi of Qiqihar. He was appointed the Bishop of Xuanhua on July 13, 2007.

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