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Explore South Asia's ancient dioceses

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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.

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Religious Congregations, Societies and Institutes

Religious Institutes of Men

  • Society of the Divine Word :SVD
  • Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Claretians) :CMF
  • Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Claretians) :CMF
  • Order of Carmelites :OCarm
  • Order of Carmelites :OCarm
  • Order of Friars Minor Capuchin :OFMCap
  • Order of Friars Minor Capuchin :OFMCap
  • Society of Jesus :SJ
  • Society of Jesus :SJ
  • Society of the Divine Word :SVD

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Canossian Daughters of Charity :FDCC
  • Canossian Daughters of Charity :FDCC
  • Congregation of Daughters of the Rosary Queen :PRR
  • Congregation of Daughters of the Rosary Queen :PRR
  • Daughters of Mary Help of Christians :FMA
  • Daughters of Mary Help of Christians :FMA
  • Escravas do Sagrado Coracao de Jesus (Servants of the Sacred Heart of Jesus) :ESCJ
  • Escravas do Sagrado Coracao de Jesus (Servants of the Sacred Heart of Jesus) :ESCJ
  • Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart :SFSC
  • Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart :SFSC
  • Fransiscanae Hospitaleiras da Imaculada Conceicao :FHIC
  • Fransiscanae Hospitaleiras da Imaculada Conceicao :FHIC
  • Hermanas Carmelitas :H.Carm
  • Hermanas Carmelitas :H.Carm
  • Imaculado Coracao de Maria :ICM
  • Imaculado Coracao de Maria :ICM
  • Irmas Reparadoras de Nossa Senhora de Fatima :IRNSF
  • Irmas Reparadoras de Nossa Senhora de Fatima :IRNSF
  • Missionary Sisters, Servants of the Holy Spirit :SSpS
  • Missionary Sisters, Servants of the Holy Spirit :SSpS
  • Picole Apostule della Redenzione :PAR
  • Picole Apostule della Redenzione :PAR
  • Religious of Mary Immaculate :RMM
  • Religious of Mary Immaculate :RMM
  • Religious of the Virgin Mary :RVM
  • Religious of the Virgin Mary :RVM
  • Sisters of Mercy :RSM
  • Sisters of Mercy :RSM

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