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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 Cuddapah

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Apostolic Administrator Bali Gali
Bishop Gali
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Apostolic Administrator Bali Gali
Bishop's House,
Mariapuram, Kadapa
516003, A.P., India

Phone: (08562)241.148, 200.696, 9010233047
Fax :249.534
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Bishop Gali Bali was born on April 29, 1939, in Patibanda, Guntur district. He was ordained priest on Dec. 19, 1964, and appointed bishop of Guntur on July 2, 1984. His episcopal ordination was on Oct. 23, 1984. Bishop Bali was a professor of sacred Scriptures in St John's Regional Seminary, Hyderabad, before his appointment as the diocesan prelate. He is also now chairman of Andhra Pradesh Bishops' Council's Commission for Ecumenism and Dialogue and also chairman of the Commission for Ecumenism and Dialogue of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India.

Bishop Gali retired on Jun 25, 2016. On Dec 10, 2018, he was appointed apostolic administrator of Cuddapah.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Bishop Prasad Gallela (31 Jan 2008 Appointed - 10 Dec 2018 Resigned)
  • Bishop Moses Doraboina Prakasam (2002-2007)
  • Bishop Mallavarapu Prakash (1998-2002)
  • Bishop S A Arulaiah (1977-1998)

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