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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 Pangkalpinang

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Religious Congregations, Societies and Institutes

Religious Institutes of Men

  • Brothers of St Mary of Lourdes : BM (Since: 1934)
  • Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary :SSCC (Since: 1924)
  • Missions Etrangeres de Paris :MEP (Since: 1977)
  • Society of the Divine Word : SVD (Since: 1989)

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Franciscan Sisters of Charitas :FCH (Since: 1993)
  • Franciscan Sisters of St. Elizabeth : FSE (Since: 1984)
  • Holy Family Poor Sisters of Pangkalpinang Congregation : KKS (Since: 1960)
  • Missionary Sisters Servants of the Holy Spirit : SSpS Since: (2003)
  • Sisters of Jesus, Mary and Joseph Congregation :JMJ (Since: 1980)
  • Sisters of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd :RGS (Since: 2003)
  • Sisters Servants of Christ Congregation :AK (Since: 1980)

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