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Explore South Asia's ancient dioceses

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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.

Find out the oldest diocese in India here.

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Archdiocese of Raipur

Archbishop Joseph Augustine Charanakunnel
Archbishop  Joseph  Augustine Charanakunnel
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Archbishop Joseph Augustine Charanakunnel
Khristbandhu Niwas, Byron Bazar, Raipur - 492001, Chhattisgarh
Phone: (91) 771- 5001577 (personal); (91) 9826390160 (mobile); (91) 771-2423995
Fax : (91) 771-5052429
[email protected]

rchbishop Joseph Augustine Charanakunnel was born on June 6, 1938, in Palai diocese in Kerala (South India). He was ordained a priest on May 15, 1975, and appointed Bishop of Raipur on Dec. 30, 1992. His episcopal ordination was on Feb. 7, 1993. Bishop Charanakunnel was installed Archbishop of Raipur on June 6, 2004. Before this, he was the Archdiocesan Administrator from 1991-1992, after the resignation of Bishop Philip Ekka, SJ. Prior to this, he was the Vicar General of the diocese.
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