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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

  • Augustinians of the Assumption :AA
  • Brothers of Little Jesus
  • Claretian Missionaries :CMF
  • Guadalupe Missioners :MG
  • Hospitaller Order of St. John of God
  • Missionary Society of St. Columban :SSC
  • Order of Discalced Carmelite Fathers :OCD
  • Order of Friars Minor :OFM
  • Passionists :CP
  • Society of Jesus :SJ
  • Society of Mary :SM
  • Society of St. Francis de Sales :SDB

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Blessed Sacrament Sisters of Charity :BBS
  • Caritas Sisters of Miyazaki in Korea :CSM
  • Congregatio Jesu :CJ
  • Congregation of the Sacred Word :SCW
  • Daughters of Mary Help of Christians :FMA
  • Daughters of St. Paul :FSP
  • Franciscan Missionaries of Mary :FMM
  • Franciscan Missionary Sisters of Service
  • Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus :SSCJ
  • Hospital Sisters of St. Francis :OHSF
  • Little Flower Sisters of Jesus
  • Little Servants of the Holy Family of Seoul
  • Little Sisters of the Poor :PSDP
  • Mercedary of the Charity Sisters
  • Missionaries of Charity :MC
  • Missionaries Sisters of St. Columban :SSC
  • Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus :MSC
  • Oblates de I'Assomption
  • Order of St. Clare :OSC
  • Sisters Disciples of the Divine Master :PDDM
  • Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill :SC
  • Sisters of Divine Province :CDP
  • Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Help
  • Sisters of St. Paul of Chartres :SPC
  • Sisters of the Blessed Korean Martyrs
  • Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary of Mirinae :IHMM
  • The Fraternity of the Little Sisters of Jesus
  • The Sisters of Notre Dame (Regina Pacis Province) :SND

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