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Explore South Asia's ancient dioceses

Cardinal Cheong

The cathedral of the first diocese in India.

St. Thomas the Apostle, who is believed to have arrived on Kerala’s Malabar Coast in 52 AD, is considered the father of the Catholic faith in India.

Christian communities developed and expanded further when European missionaries arrived in the 13th and 14th centuries.

The history of a few ancient dioceses in Asia can be dated back to 13th century pre-Portuguese mission expeditions.

Find out the oldest diocese in India here.

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Religious Congregations, Societies and Institutes

Secular Institutes

  • Komuniti Betania : KB
  • Secular Franciscan Order : SFO

Religious Institutes of Men

  • Carmelitae Sancti Eliae Brothers : CSE
  • La Salle Brothers or Christian Brothers : FSC

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception : FSIC
  • Infant Jesus Sisters : IJ
  • Putri Karmel Sisters : PKarm

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