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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.

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Archdiocese of Pondicherry-Cuddalore

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Activities and Organizations

Catholic Social Welfare

  • AIDS hospices:
    1
  • Homes for the disabled:
    4
  • Homes for the elderly:
    8
  • Hospitals, clinics and dispensaries:
    37
  • Orphanages:
    31
  • Socio-economic centers, training centers:
    29

Other Church Organizations and Associations

  • All India Catholic Union
  • Basic Christian Communities
  • Holy Childhood
  • Inter Religious Fraternal Life Society
  • Legion of Mary
  • Third Order of St. Francis of Assisi
  • Vincent de Paul Society
  • Youth Association for Boys in Schools
  • Youth Association for Girls in Schools
  • Youth Christian Students Movement in Schools
  • Youth Groups in Parishes
  • Youth Jesus Association

Social Communications

  • Archdiocese weekly "Sarvaviyabi
  • Commission for Mass Media and Communication:
    In charge: Father S. Pitchaimuthu
    Addresses: St. Xavier's Pastoral Centre & Communication Centre, Netaji Nagar, Uppalam, Pondicherry - 605 001, Tel: (91) 413-235 6259/235 3411
  • St. Xavier pastoral center acts as a cultural center

Catholic Educational Institutions

  • Post-secondary School:
    38
  • Primary School:
    111
  • Primary School - Students:
    9,285
  • Post-secondary School - Students:
    29,942
  • Middle School:
    30
  • Middle School - Students:
    12,746
  • Secondary School:
    21
  • Secondary School - Students:
    4,973

Major Archdiocesan Commissions and Organizations

  • Archdiocesan Education Board: Father J. Pau
  • Commission for Bible: Father Maria Selvam
  • Commission for Catechism and Liturgy: Father P. A. Aruldoss
  • Commission for Clergy, Religious, Seminarians and Vocation: Father V. S. Lourdusamy
  • Commission for Evangelization, Ecumenism and Dialogue: Father S. Maria Joseph
  • Commission for Family, Laity and Labour: Father I. Ratchagar
  • Commission for Health and Pro-Life: Father S. Antonysamy
  • Commission for Justice, Peace and Development: Father A.S. Antonisamy
  • Commission for Mass Media and Communication:
    Father S. Pitchaimuthu
  • Commission for SC/ST/BC:
    Father S. Antony Sagayam
  • Commission for Youth:
    Father T. Nasian Gregory
  • St. Xavier:
    Netaji Nagar, Uppalam, Pondicherry - 605 001
    Phone: (91) 413-235 6259, (91) 413-235 3411

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