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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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Religious Institutes of Men

  • Order of the Imitation of Christ :OIC

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Congregation of the Daughters of Mary :DM
  • Dina Sevana Sabha (Servants of the Poor) :DSS
  • Franciscan Missionaries of Mary :FMM
  • John the Baptist Sisters :CSJB
  • Sisters of the Imitation of Christ :SIC

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