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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 Nakhon Sawan

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The Diocese of Nakhon Sawan was created on Feb. 25, 1967, after it was carved out from the Archdiocese of Bangkok. It consists of 13 provinces: Nakhon Sawan, Saraburi, Lop Buri, Kamphaeng Phet, Phitsanulok, Chai Nat, Tak, Phetchabun, Sing Buri, Phichit, Sukhothai, Uttaradit and Uthai Thani. The total population of the area is 8,272,430. The government encourages couples to have small families of two children.

Since the creation of the diocese 39 years ago, the work of the diocese has progressed steady. Apart from its parishes and schools in all 13 provinces, the diocese is expanding its social welfare and developmental work for tribal people.

About 88 percent of the Catholics in the diocese practice their faith regularly. In some communities, where priests are not available to celebrate Sunday Masses, catechists or community chiefs preside over the Liturgy of the Word. 

The website of Nakhon Sawan Diocese is available (only in Thai) at:www.nsdiocese.com

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