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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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Diocese of Kuzhithurai

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Apostolic Administrator Antony Pappusamy
Archbishop Pappusamy
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Apostolic Administrator Antony Pappusamy
Bishop's House, P.O. Box 1,
Unnamalaikadai-629179 Kanyakurnari Dt.,
Tamil Nadu, India

Phone: (04651)272.077

Bishop Antony Pappusamy was born on Oct. 1, 1949, in Marambady in Dindigul diocese. He was ordained priest on July 7, 1976, and ordained titular bishop of Zaba on Feb. 4, 1999. He was appointed first bishop of Dindigul on Nov. 10, 2003.

He was the auxiliary bishop of Madurai archdiocese before becoming the bishop of Dindigul.

On July 25, 2014 Pope Francis appointed Bishop Pappusamy as the archbishop of Madurai.

On June 6, 2020 Archbishop Pappusamy was appointed as apostolic administrator of diocese of kuzhithurai. He is the chairman of Tamil Nadu Bishops' Council's commission for clergy and religious.

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