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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 Cochin

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Activities and Organizations

Catholic Social Welfare

  • Dispensaries:
  • Homes for the Aged, Destitute:
  • Hospitals:
  • Hostels & Boarding:
  • Orphanages:

Social Communications

  • Media Center :
    Father Arthur Arakal
    Address: CIPT Press
    Catholic Centre
    Kochi-682 005,
    Kerala, India
    Phone: +91 484 2232211
    Mobile: 9947453368
    Email: [email protected]

Catholic Educational Institutions

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  • Senior Secondary Schools:
  • Senior Secondary Schools--Students
  • Computer Institute:
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  • Upper Primary Schools:
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    Not available

Major Archdiocesan Commissions and Organizations

  • Family Apostolate --Director:
    Father Tomy Chambakattu

Major Diocesan Commissions and Organizations

  • Basic Christian Community:
    Father Tomy Chambakatt
  • Bible Apostolate--Promoter:
    Father Antony Kuzhiveli
  • Catechetical Apostolate-- Director:
    Father Sebastian Eriyangalath
  • Kerala Latin Catholic Association--Director:
    Father Chakalakal
  • Liturgical Commissions :
    Father Joppy Koottumkal
  • Social Work:
    Father Johnson Chirammel
  • Vocations:
    Father Martin Mattammal

Other Church Organizations and Associations

  • Charismatic Prayer Groups--Director:
    Father Antony Kochukariyil
  • Cherupuzhpa Mission League--Director:
    Father Mathew Puthiyath
  • Jesus Youth--Director:
    Father Dominic Aluvaparambil
  • Kerala Catholic Students League--Director:
    Father David Nanattu
  • Kerala Catholic Youth Movement--Director:
    Father Antony Kuzhiveli
  • Kolping India:
    Father Rexon Chullikal
  • Legion of Mary--Director:
    Father Martin Mattammal
  • Little Way Association--Director:
    Father Augustine Palayil
  • Marian Sodality Federation--Director:
    Father Mark Antony Puthenparambil
  • Secular Franciscan Order--Special Assistant:
    Father Easo Yohannan
  • St. Vincent De Paul Society-- President:
    K.M. Augustine

Social Communications

  • Media Center--:
    Light of Cochin
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