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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 Calcutta

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Archbishop Thomas D'Souza
Archbishop D'Souza
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Archbishop Thomas D'Souza
Archbishop's House,
32 Mother Teresa Sarani (Park Street),
Kolkata 700016, West Bengal, India

Phone: +91 33-2287-1960/9338 Mob: + 91 94340 95030
Fax :+91 33-2280 7015
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Archbishop Thomas D'Souza was born on Aug. 26, 1950, in Mangalore diocese, southern India. He was ordained a priest on April 16, 1977, and was appointed Bishop of Bagdogra on June 14, 1997. Bagdogra is in the northern part of West Bengal state, whose capital is Kolkata (Calcutta). His episcopal ordination took place on Jan. 25, 1998.

Pope Benedict XVI appointed him Coadjutor Archbishop of Calcutta Archdiocese on March 12, 2011. He succeeded as Archbishop of Calcutta on Feb. 23, 2012. He serves as a member of the Commission for Education of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India.

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