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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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Diocese of Raiganj

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Religious Congregations, Societies and Institutes

Religious Institutes of Men

  • Congregation of Missionaries Sons of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Claretian missionaries) :CMF
  • Missionaries of Charity :MC
  • Society of Jesus :SJ

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Canossian Daughters of Charity :FDCC
  • Congregation of Teresian Carmelites :CTC
  • Daughters of St. Anne (Calcutta) :DSA
  • Daughters of St. Anne (Ranchi) :DSA
  • Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, (Pondicherry) :FIHM
  • Missionaries of Charity :MC
  • Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate (Nirmala sisters) :MSI
  • Poor Clares Colletines :PCC
  • Sisters of Charity of Saints Bartholomea Capitanio and Vincenza Gerosa :SCCG
  • Sisters of Mercy of the Holy Cross :SCSC
  • Sisters of Providence :SDP
  • Sisters of the Divine Saviour :SDS

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