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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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Diocese of Qizhou (Kichow/Qichun)

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The Diocese of Qizhou/Kichow/Qichun was a diocese located in the city of Qizhou in the Ecclesiastical province of Hankou in China.

History

  • July 18, 1929: Established as Mission “sui iuris” of Huangzhou from the Apostolic Vicariate of Hankou
  • June 1, 1932: Promoted as Apostolic Prefecture of Huangzhou
  • January 27, 1936: Promoted as Apostolic Vicariate of Qizhou
  • Bishop Ruggero Raffaele Cazzanelli, O.F.M. appointed Apostolic Vicar of Qizhou (January 27, 1936 – 1941)
  • April 11, 1946: Promoted as Diocese of Qizhou
  • Bishop Horace Ferruccio Ceól, O.F.M. appointed Bishop of Qizhou (June 10, 1948 – June 23, 1990)
  • Qizhou Diocese had some 15,570 Catholics in 1948

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