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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 Varanasi

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Bishop Eugene Joseph
Bishop Joseph
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Bishop Eugene Joseph
Bishop's House,
45 Varanasi Cantt.
221002, U.P., India

Phone: (0542)250.27.61; 250.42.35
Fax :250.27.67
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Pope Francis appointed Father Eugene Joseph as the bishop of Varanasi on May 30, 2015.

A priest of Varanasi, he was the diocesan administrator of Varanasi at the time of appointment as the bishop.

Bishop Joseph was born on July 31, 1958, in Madurai archdiocese and studied theology in St. Charles Seminary in Nagpur.

He was ordained priest in April 10, 1985, following which he took up several vital ministries in the diocese, including serving as parish priest, principal of colleges and rector of diocesan minor seminary.

He holds a graduation in education from Gorakhpur University, Masters in English from Mahatma Gandhi K.V. University in Varanasi and Masters in Business Administration from Townsend School of Business, New York.

Since December 2013, he was the administrator of the diocese.

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