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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 Jaipur

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Bishop Oswald Joseph Lewis
Bishop Lewis
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Bishop Oswald Joseph Lewis
Bishop's House
Ghat Gate
Jaipur - 302003
Rajasthan, India

Phone: +91 141 -5144424, 2600743
Fax :+91 141 2600743
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Bishop Oswald Joseph Lewis was born on July 30, 1944, in Mangalore diocese, southern India. He was ordained priest for Lucknow diocese on Dec. 30, 1972.

He was ordained as coadjutor bishop of Meerut diocese on April 16, 1998. He was installed as the first bishop of the newly created diocese of Jaipur on Aug. 28, 2005.

Bishop Lewis is also the president of the Labour Commission of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India.

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