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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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Archdiocese of Visakapatnam

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Activities and Organizations

Catholic Social Welfare

  • AIDS hospices:
    2
  • Dispensaries:
    19
  • Family apostolate: Coordinated through the Pastoral Centre
  • Homes for the disabled:
    1
  • Homes for the elderly:
    2
  • Hospitals:
    5
  • Hostels for youth:
    16
  • Leprosaria:
    2
  • Orphanages:
    4
  • Socio-economic centers: Visakhapatnam Diocesan Social Service Society

Major Diocesan Commissions and Organizations

  • Commission for Bible
  • Commission for Catechetics
  • Commission for Communication
  • Commission for Liturgy
  • Commission for Vocation
  • Commission for Youth
  • Ecumenism & Dialogue
  • Family Commission
  • Labor Commission
  • Pious Associations
  • Prison Ministry
  • Scheduled tribe (ST), Scheduled Caste (SC) and Other Backward Caste (BC) Commission

Other Church Organizations and Associations

  • Catholic Association
  • Catholic Nurses Guild
  • Catholic Teachers
  • Kolping Society
  • Legion of Mary
  • Pontifical Mission Aid Societies
  • St. Vincent De Paul Society
  • Young Christian Workers Movement

Social Communications

  • Father Annu Pushpanadham is in charge of the communication center:
    Address: Director Pastoral Centre, Maharanipeta, P.O.
    Address: Visakhapatnam - 530 002, India
    Phone: +891 2706409,
    Fax: +891 270 4404,
    Cell: 9866708019
    Email: [email protected]
  • The diocese publishes a monthly Magazine in Telegu and English

Catholic Educational Institutions

  • Degree Colleges:
    2
  • Degree Colleges- Students:
    425
  • Junior Colleges/Higher Secondary Schools:
    6
  • Junior Colleges/Higher Secondary Schools- Students:
    1850
  • P.G. College:
    1
  • P.G. College- Students:
    40
  • Pre-Primary Schools:
    28
  • Pre-Primary Schools- Students:
    3210
  • Primary School:
    70
  • Primary School- Students:
    24103
  • Secondary School:
    37
  • Secondary School- Students:
    16816
  • Teachers:
    210
  • Teachers:
    2
  • Technical Schools:
    4
  • Technical Schools- Students:
    152

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