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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 Yanji

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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Yanji/Yenki is a diocese located in the city of Yanji in the Ecclesiastical province of Shenyang in China.

Yanji is a county-level city in the east of China's Jilin Province, and is the seat of the Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture. Its population is approximately 400,000 of which a large portion is ethnic Korean. Yanji is a busy hub of transport and trade between China and North Korea.

History

  • July 19, 1928: Established as the Apostolic Prefecture of Yanji from the Apostolic Vicariate of Wonsan
  • April 13, 1937: Promoted as Apostolic Vicariate of Yanji
  • April 11, 1946: Promoted as Diocese of Yanji

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