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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 Raipur

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Archbishop Victor Henry Thakur
Archbishop Thakur
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Archbishop Victor Henry Thakur
Khristbandhu Nivas,
Byron Bazar,

Phone: 0771 4052 429, 08109147288
Fax :4052.429
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Archbishop Victor Henry Thakur was born on July 1, 1954, in Chakhani, West Champaran district, Bihar state. He was ordained priest on May 3, 1984, and served as chancellor of the diocese of Raipur and secretary to the Raipur bishop before being appointed bishop of Bettiah on June 27, 1998. His episcopal ordination followed on Nov. 11, 1998. Bishop Thakur chairs the education commission of the Bihar Regional Bishops’ Council. He was appointed archbishop of Raipur on June 3, 2013, and was installed on Sept. 19, 2013.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Bishop Philip Ekka, SJ (1985-1991)
  • Archbishop Joseph Augustine Charanakunnel (1975-2013)
  • Monsignor Francis Werner Hunold, Apostolic Administrator (1974-1983)
  • Monsignor John Weidner, Apostolic Administrator (1964-1974)

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