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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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Archdiocese of Taiyuan

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Religious Congregations, Societies and Institutes

Religious Institutes of Men

  • Before 1950s, there was the Order of Friars (Franciscans) in Taiyuan diocese.
  • There are no Religious Institutes of Men in China

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Before 1950, there was the Franciscans of Missionary of Mary but no more international institutes in Taiyuan now.
  • Local bishop has established the Missionary Sisters of the Seven Sorrows.

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