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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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Diocese of Daejeon

Archbishop Lazzaro Heung-sik You
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Archbishop Lazzaro Heung-sik You
15-1, Yongjeon-dong, Dong-gu, Daejeon, 300-824, Korea
82-42-630-7773
Fax :82-42-630-7773
[email protected]

Bishop Lazzaro You Heung-sik was born on Nov. 17, 1951 in Nonsan, Chungcheongnam-do province. He was ordained a priest on Dec. 8, 1979, and appointed as coadjutor bishop of Daejeon on June 24, 2003. His episcopal ordination was on Aug. 19, 2003 and he succeeded bishop of Daejeon on Apr. 1, 2005.

Bishop Lazzaro You is president of the Committee for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Foreign Residents Living in Korea and subcommittee for the Pastoral Care for Pilgrimages and Shrine of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Korea(CBCK). Also he is member of Episcopal Commission for Clergy and Religious, Episcopal Commission for Social Affairs and Special Episcopal Commission to Promote Beatification and Canonization of the CBCK.

He is member of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum since Apr. 24, 2007.

Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Lazarus You Heung-sik of Daejeon as the new prefect of the Vatican Congregation for Clergy on June 11, 2021. He was given the personal title of archbishop along with that of bishop emeritus of Daejeon on June 11, 2021.
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