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Cardinal Cheong

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 Diphu

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Bishop Paul Mattekatt
Bishop  Mattekatt
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Bishop Paul Mattekatt
Bishop's House,
Karbi Anglong Dt.,
Assam, India

Phone: (03671)2724.42; 2725.52
Fax :2725.51
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Bishop Mattekatt was born on June 1, 1961, in Thuravoor village near Angamaly in Kerala.

He holds a licentiate and a specialist diploma in canon law from the Pontifical Urban University in Rome.

He worked in a number of pastoral and administrative roles, including parish priest, secretary to the bishop and diocesan chancellor of Diphu, and diocesan bursar and director of the social work.

At the time of appointment as bishop, he was priest of the Holy Family Parish, Japrajan, and president of the confraternity of priests of the diocese of Diphu.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • John Moolachira (Feb. 14, 2007 – Apr. 9, 2011)
  • Bishop John Thomas Kattrukudiyil (Jun. 10, 1994 – Dec 7, 2005)
  • Bishop Mathai Kochuparampil, S.D.B. (Dec. 5, 1983 – Mar. 4, 1992)

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