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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 Caozhou (Heze)

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Apostolic Administrator Chengli Wang
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Apostolic Administrator Chengli Wang
Catholic Mission, Bishop's House,
Heze, Shandong, China

Wang Chengli was born in Yanzhou in 1963. He was ordained priest in the year 1991. Following the death of Bishop Wang Dianduo, Father Chengli was made the Apostolic Administrator of Heze in 2004.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Joseph Wang Dianduo, O.A.R. (clandestinely) ((1921-2004))
  • Franz Hoowaarts, S.V.D. ((1878-1954))
  • Charles Li Mingyue ()

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