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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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Statistics

Catholic Population

  • Baptized Catholics 429,610
  • Non-Christians 2,272,513

Diocesan and Religious Priests

  • Diocesan priests 186
  • Religious priests 32

Religious Brothers, Sisters

  • Religious Brothers 19
  • Religious Sisters 723

Lay Missionaries, Catechists

  • Lay missionaries 20
  • Catechists 10

Seminaries, Houses of Formation

  • Seminaries 1
  • Houses of Formation 1

Ecclesiastical Units

  • Parishes 115
  • Sub-parishes/centers

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