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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 Agartala

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Bishop Lumen Monteiro
Bishop Monteiro
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Bishop Lumen Monteiro
Jeevajyothi Diocesan Centre,
Airport Road, Durjoynagar PO,
Agartala - 799 009, Tripura, India

Phone: +91- 381- 2342401 (o) +91-381- 2342403 (p), +91- 9436122085
Fax :+91-381 -2342969
Email: [email protected]

Holy Cross Bishop Lumen Monteiro was born on Feb. 1, 1952, in Calangute, archdiocese of Goa.

He was ordained priest on Oct. 28, 1980, in the congregation of the Holy Cross and was appointed bishop of Agartala on Jan. 11, 1996. He was installed five months later on May 26. Bishop Monteiro serves as chairman of the North Eastern Diocesan Social Forum and as a representative of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India (Latin rite) on the governing body of Caritas India.

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