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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 Sindhudurg

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Bishop Anthony Alwyn Fernandes Barreto
Bishop Fernandes Barreto
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Bishop Anthony Alwyn Fernandes Barreto
Bishop's House, Kankavli
District Sindhudurg - 416 602
Maharastra, India

Phone: 02367 232 061
Fax :+91- 2367 -230033
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Bishop Barreto Anthony Alwyn Fernandes was born on Dec. 22, 1952, in Mapuca in Goa archdiocese. He was ordained priest on Oct. 13, 1979. He was appointed bishop of Sindhudurg on July 5, 2005, and was ordained on Oct. 5, 2005. Before becoming a prelate, Bishop Fernandez was the dean in the Poona diocese. He is presently the chairman of youth commission in Western Regions Bishops’ Conference.

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