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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 Lang Son-Cao Bang

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Religious Congregations, Societies and Institutes

Religious Institutes of Men

  • Congregation of the Mission :CM
  • Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer :CSsR
  • Order of Friars Minor :OFM
  • Order of Preachers :OP
  • Salesians of Saint John Bosco :SDB

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul :DCVP
  • Dominican Sisters of Lang Son :DSLS
  • Fanciscan Missionaries of Mary :FMM
  • Lovers of the Holy Corss of Go Vap :LHCGV
  • Lovers of the Holy Corss of Thu Thiem :LHCTT
  • Sisters of Saint Paul de Chartres :SP

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