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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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  • Salesian Fathers :SDB
  • Society of Jesus :SJ

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Adorers of the Blood of Jesus Christ :ASC
  • Apostolic Carmel :AC
  • Bethany Sisters of the Little Flower :BS
  • Carmelite Sisters of St Teresa :CSST
  • Daughters of the Heart of Mary :DHM
  • Deena Sevanasabha Sisters :DSS
  • Franciscan Missionaries of Mary :FMM
  • Helpers of Mary :HM
  • Holy Cross Sisters :HC
  • Jesus Mary and Joseph Sisters :JMJ
  • Missionary Sisters of Mary :MSM
  • Missionary Sisters of the Queen of the Apostles :SRA
  • Salesian Sisters of Mary Immaculate :SMMI
  • Servants of the Holy Spirit :SSPS
  • Sisters of Charity :SCCG
  • Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions :RNDM
  • St Ann's of Chennai Sisters :SSA
  • St Ann's Providence Sisters :SAP
  • St Charles Borromeo Sisters :SCSI
  • St Joseph of Cluny Sisters :SJC
  • Ursuline Franciscan Sisters :UFS

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