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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.

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Diocese of Thamarassery

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Bishop Remigiose Maria Paul Inchananiyil 
Bishop Inchananiyil 
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Bishop Remigiose Maria Paul Inchananiyil 
Bishop's House,
P.B.No.1, Thamarassery(P.O)
673 573,Kozhikode, Kerala, India

Phone: 0495 222 3376
Fax :+ 91 495 - 2223019
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Bishop Mar Remigiose Maria Paul Inchananiyil was born July 26, 1961 in Vettilappara, a village in Malappuram district in the state of Kerala. He was ordained priest on Dec. 12, 1987. Pope Benedict XVI appointed him bishop of Syro-Malabar Catholic diocese of Thamarassery on Jan. 15, 2010. His episcopal ordination was on April 8, 2010.

Bishop Inchananiyil completed high school studies at Areakode and joined St. Joseph's Seminary at Tellicherry. He took a doctorate in canon law and was ordained in 1987 and served as the vicar at Valayam, Thalayad, Theyyappara, and Karingad parishes. Before his appointment as the ordinary of Thamarassery diocese, he was the chancellor and secretary of that diocese.

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