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Explore South Asia's ancient dioceses

Cardinal Cheong

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 Ranchi

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Statistics

Catholic Population

  • Baptized Catholics 162,368
  • Non-Christians 3,455,664

Diocesan and Religious Priests

  • Diocesan priests 72
  • Religious priests 204

Religious Brothers, Sisters

  • Religious Brothers 148
  • Religious Sisters 1,017

Lay Missionaries, Catechists

  • Lay missionaries 46
  • Catechists 120

Seminaries, Houses of Formation

  • Seminaries 4
  • Houses of Formation 42

Ecclesiastical Units

  • Parishes 34
  • Sub-parishes/centers 3

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