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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 Itanagar

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Activities and Organizations

Catholic Educational Institutions

  • College:
    3
  • Schools run by the diocese:
    22
  • Students in the colleges::
    114
  • Students studying in the schools:
    10,514

Catholic Social Welfare

  • Youth Hostels:
    22
  • Dispensaries:
    9
  • Socio-economic centres:
    2

Major Diocesan Commissions and Organizations

  • Student Catholic Community:
    Father Bosco Kujur
  • Bible:
    Father Sebastian Thuruthyiyil
  • Catechetics:
    Father Ayilookunnel Sebastian
  • Evangelization:
    Father Jacob Mattathilany
  • Justice and Peace:
    Father Ivan Vas SVD
  • Media:
    Father Joby
  • Youth:
    Father Clement Quadras

Social Communications

  • Associations:
    --
  • Communication centre in-charge :
    Father Ivan Vas
    Email: [email protected]
  • Diocesan Website:
    --
  • Publication:
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