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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 Changanacherry

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Archbishop Joseph Perumthottam
Archbishop Perumthottam
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Archbishop Joseph Perumthottam
Archbishop's House,
P.B. 20, Changanassery,
Kerala- 686101, India

Phone: (91) 481-2420040, 2420379, 2420614
Fax :(91) 481-2422540
Email: [email protected]

Archbishop Joseph Perumthottam was born on July 5, 1948, at Punnathura in Kottayam district, Kerala. He was ordained priest on Dec. 18, 1974, and nominated auxiliary bishop of Changanassery archdiocese on April 24, 2002. His episcopal ordination took place the following month on May 20. He was appointed archbishop on Jan. 22, 2007, the day Archbishop Joseph Powathil retired as head of the archdiocese. A well-known theologian, he had been teaching at St. Thomas Apostolic Seminary in Vadavathur, and the Missionary Orientation Center. He has written books on liturgy and Church history.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Archbishop Mathew Kavukattu (1950-1969, died Oct. 9, 1969)

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