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Cardinal Cheong

The cathedral of the first diocese in India.

It is believed that Christianity was introduced to India by Thomas the Apostle,
who is said to have reached the Malabar Coast of Kerala in 52 AD.

Christian communities developed and expanded further when
Portuguese missionaries arrived in the 13th and 14th centuries.

History of a few oldest dioceses in India as the cradle of Indian Christianity
can be dated back to the 15th century.

Find out which is the first diocese in India here.

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Diocese of Palayamkottai

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Statistics

Catholic Population

  • Baptized Catholics 138,945
  • Non-Christians 3,094,521

Diocesan and Religious Priests

  • Diocesan priests 73
  • Religious priests 56

Religious Brothers, Sisters

  • Religious Brothers 166
  • Religious Sisters 394

Lay Missionaries, Catechists

  • Lay missionaries 350
  • Catechists 888

Seminaries, Houses of Formation

  • Seminaries 1
  • Houses of Formation 2

Ecclesiastical Units

  • Parishes 51
  • Sub-parishes/centers

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