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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 Hyderabad

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Archbishop Anthony Poola
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Archbishop Anthony Poola
Archbishop's House,
9-1-17/1 Sardar Patel Road,
Secunderabad-500003, A.P., India

Phone: (040)2780.5545, 099891 44464
Fax :2780.0709
Email: [email protected]; [email protected]

Archbishop Anthony Poola was born on Nov. 15, 1961, in Poluru in Kurnool diocese. He was ordained priest on Feb. 20, 1992 and was appointed bishop of Kurnool on Feb. 8, 2008. He was installed on April 19, 2008. He is the chairman of youth commission in Andhra Pradesh Bishops’ Conference.

On Nov. 19, 2020 Rev. Anthony Poola was appointed as the Archbishop of Hyderabad.

On 29 May 2022, Pope Francis announced that he would make Rev. Anthony Poola a cardinal at a consistory scheduled for 27 August 2022.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Archbishop Thumma Bala (12 Mar 2011 Appointed - 19 Nov 2020 Retired)
  • Archbishop Marampudi Joji (2000-2010)
  • Bishop Samineni Arulappa (1972-2000)
  • Bishop Mark Gopu (1953-1971)
  • Alphonsus Beretta, PIME (1950-1953)
  • Bishop Dennis Vismara, PIME (1909-1948)
  • Bishop Peter Vigano, PIME (1897-1908)
  • Bishop Peter Caprotti, PIME (1882-1897)
  • Bishop Domenico Barbero, PIME, Vicar Apostolic (1870-1881)
  • Most Rev Daniel Murphym, Vicar Apostolic (1845-1869)

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