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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 Belthangady

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Activities and Organizations

Catholic Educational Institutions

  • Kindergarten:
    13
  • Kindergarten - Students:
    1032
  • Primary School:
    9
  • Primary School - Students:
    2693
  • Schools in Belthangady diocese:
    9
  • Schools run by Lay People:
    2
  • Schools run by Men Religious:
    6
  • Schools run by Women Religious:
    1
  • Secondary School:
    6
  • Secondary School - Students:
    791

Catholic Social Welfare

  • Dispensaries:
    4
  • Homes for the elderly, disabled:
    2
  • Hospitals:
    3
  • Hostels:
    11
  • Orphanages and child welfare centers:
    2

Major Diocesan Commissions and Organizations

  • Cherupushpa Mission League (CML)
  • Commission for Catechesis, Bible Apostolate, Liturgy
  • Commission for Family Apostolate
  • Commission for Laity, Ecumenism, Inter-religious Dialogue
  • Commission for Social Communications
  • Dakshina Kannada Rural Development Society (Regd) - Service Society
  • Diocesan Offices:
    Jnananilaya: Pastoral Care and Social Service
  • Diocesan Offices:
    Bishop's House: Diocesan Curia
  • Indian Catholic Youth Movement
  • Jesus Youth
  • Karnataka Catholic Educational and Charitable Society (Regd) - Catholic Education Society
  • Mathruvedi (Catholic Mothers Association)
  • Pastoral Council
  • Pontifical Society of the Holy Childhood
  • Presbyteral Council
  • Society of St Vincent de Paul

Other Church Organizations and Associations

  • St Alphonsa Association Kankanady

Social Communications

  • Internet broadcasting:
    www.sahruday.com
  • Udayadeepa Monthly Bulletin

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