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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 Rajkot

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Bishop Jose Chittooparambil
Bishop Chittooparambil
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Bishop Jose Chittooparambil
Bishop's House,
Kalawad Road, Rajkot,
Gujarat 360005, India

Phone: (91) 281-2563889; 2563415; 2563891
Fax :(91) 281-2563427
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Bishop Jose Chittooparambi, CMI, was born on Dec 10, 1954, at Neeleeswaram, Ernakulam (Dist.), Kerala. He was ordained priest on May 8, 1985, and ordained Bishop of Rajkot on April 11, 2010.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Bishop Joseph Pastor Neelankavil, C.M.I (1986 - 2006)
  • Bishop Gregory Karotemprel (1983- 2010)
  • Bishop Jonas Thaliath (1977-1981)
  • Clemens Thottungal, C.M.I (1968 - 1986)

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