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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 1,075,773
  • Non-Christians 359,325

Diocesan and Religious Priests

  • Diocesan priests 109
  • Religious priests 56

Religious Brothers, Sisters

  • Religious Brothers 39
  • Religious Sisters 204

Lay Missionaries, Catechists

  • Lay missionaries
  • Catechists

Seminaries, Houses of Formation

  • Seminaries 2
  • Houses of Formation 4

Ecclesiastical Units

  • Parishes 62
  • Sub-parishes/centers

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