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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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Diocese of Poona (Pune)

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Bishop Thomas  Dabre
Bishop Dabre
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Bishop Thomas  Dabre
Bishop's House,
1B, Prince of Wales Drive,
Pune 411 001, India

Phone: (91) 20-26361001 (P), (91) 20-26360065, (91) 20-26361318 (O)
Fax :(91) 20-26343510
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Bishop Thomas Dabre was born on Oct. 23, 1945. He was ordained priest on Oct. 31, 1971 and was ordained bishop on May 27, 1990. He was appointed bishop of Pune on Apr. 4, 2009.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Bishop Valerian D’Souza (1977- 2009)
  • Bishop William Z. Gomes (1967-1976)
  • Bishop Andrew D'Souza (1949-1967)
  • Bishop Henry Doering, SJ (1927-1949)
  • Bishop Henry Doering, SJ (1907-1921)
  • Bishop Bernard Beider Linden, SJ (1887-1907)

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