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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 Xuanhua

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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Xuanhua/Süanhwa is a diocese located in the city of Xuanhua in the Ecclesiastical province of Beijing in China.

Xuanhua is an urban district of Zhangjiakou in northwestern Hebei Province, China.

Xuanhua is a very old city with a rich military and agricultural history. Xuanhua was historically the "Gateway to Beijing", which lies 180 km (112 mi) to its southeast. As a city with a large garrison close to the capital, it was strategically vital. It now has a population of 274,000 people. In modern times it has also become an industrial area, and now contains a high-tech development zone where new developments are being promoted by the government of Hebei Province.

History

  • May 10, 1926: Established as the Apostolic Vicariate of Xuanhuafu from the Apostolic Vicariate of Beijing
  • April 11, 1946: Promoted as Diocese of Xuanhua 

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