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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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Archdiocese of Trivandrum (Latin)

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Auxiliary Bishop Christudas Rajappan
Bishop Rajappan
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Auxiliary Bishop Christudas Rajappan
Archbishop's House,
Vellayambalam,
Thiruvananthapuram-695003,
Kerala, India

Phone: (0471)2724.001
Fax :2725.001
Email: [email protected]

Pope Francis appointed Father Christudas Rajappan the auxiliary bishop of Trivandrum on Feb. 2, 2016.

He was born on Nov. 25, 1971, at Adimalathura, in the archdiocese of Trivandrum. He entered the Minor Seminary in 1987, did his priestly formation at Papal Seminary, Pune, and was ordained priest on Nov. 25, 1998, for the same archdiocese.

He served the diocese as parish priest at Neerody (1998-1999), secretary to the archbishop and director of K.C.Y.M., Trivandrum (1999-2004) and parish priest at Paruthiyoor.

In 2004 he went to Austria for a German language course and then obtained a licentiate in pastoral theology at Scalabrinian International Migration Institute, Rome (2005-2007). He also obtained a doctorate from the Urbaniana University, Rome (2007-2010).

On his return he was appointed Professor at the Pontifical Seminary, Alwaye (2010-2012). Since 2013, he was rector of St. Vincent Minor Seminary, Menamkulam, and director of the board for clergy and religious.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Archbishop Maria Calist Soosa Pakiam (31 Jan 1991 Succeeded - 2 Feb 2022 Retired)
  • Archbishop Jacob Acharuparambil OFM Cap (1979-1991)
  • Archbishop Peter Bernard Pereira (1966-1978)
  • Bishop Vincent Dereira OCD (1937-1966)

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