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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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Archdiocese of Bangalore

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Archbishop Peter Machado
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Archbishop Peter Machado
Archbishop's House,
P.B. 2, 75 Millers Road,
Bangalore-560046, India

Phone: (080)2333.04.38; 2333.08.38
Fax :2353.16.00
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Archbishop Peter Machado was born on May 26, 1954, in Honavar. He was ordained priest on Dec. 8, 1978, for the diocese of Karwar, which was set up in 1976.

He was appointed bishop of Belgaum on Feb. 2, 2006, and was ordained bishop on March 30 that year. Prior to his episcopal appointment, he completed doctoral studies in Rome in canon law and served as procurator, judicial vicar, consultor and secretary of the Karnataka regional bishops’ laity commission.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Bernard Blasius Moras (22 Jul 2004 Appointed - 19 Mar 2018 Retired)
  • Archbishop Ignatius Paul Pinto (1998-2004)
  • Archbishop Alphonsus Mathias (1986-1998)
  • Archbishop Packiam Arokiaswamy (1971- 1986)
  • Cardinal Durai Samy Simon Lourduswmy (1967 - 1971)
  • Archbishop Thomas Pothacamury (1943-1967)
  • Bishop Maurice Bernard Benoit Joseph Despatures (1940-1942)

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