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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 Itanagar

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Bishop John Thomas Kattrukudiyi
Bishop Kattrukudiyi
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Bishop John Thomas Kattrukudiyi
Bishop's House,
P.B. No. 141
Mowb II,
Itanagar 791 111
Arunachal Pradesh, India

Phone: 0360 2350 003
Fax :+91-363-2290605
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Bishop John Thomas Kattrukudiyil was born on Jan. 18, 1948 in Kadavoor in Kothamangalm diocese. He was ordained priest on Feb. 3, 1975, in the diocese of Diphu. He was appointed bishop of Diphu on June 10, 1994, and was ordained on Sept. 8 in the same year. On Dec. 7, 2005, he was transferred to the diocese of Itanagar and was installed on March 12, 2006, as the first bishop of Itanagar.

Before becoming a prelate, Bishop Kattrukudiyil was the rector of Oriens Theological College in Shillong. He is presently the secretary of North Eastern Bishops’ Council.

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