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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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Statistics

Catholic Population

  • Baptized Catholics 389,000
  • Non-Christians 28,939,000

Diocesan and Religious Priests

  • Diocesan priests 31
  • Religious priests 42

Religious Brothers, Sisters

  • Religious Brothers 99
  • Religious Sisters 558

Lay Missionaries, Catechists

  • Lay missionaries 20
  • Catechists 209

Seminaries, Houses of Formation

  • Seminaries 2
  • Houses of Formation 31

Ecclesiastical Units

  • Parishes 27
  • Sub-parishes/centers

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