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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 Alleppey

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Bishop James Raphael Anaparambil
Bishop Raphael Anaparambil
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Bishop James Raphael Anaparambil
Bishop's House,
P.O. Box 4804, Alleppey-688012,
Kerala State, India

Phone: (0477)2244.488
Fax :2243.362
Email: [email protected]

Bishop James Anaparambil was born in Chellanam in the diocese of Alleppey on March 7, 1962. He completed his religious studies at the Major Seminary, Alwaye, and studied biblical theology in Rome at the Pontifical Urbanian University, where he obtained a doctorate. He also holds a masters in Judaism from the Pontifical Gregorian University. He was ordained priest for the diocese of Alleppey on Dec. 17, 1986.

He served the diocese in the following ministries: chaplain, St. Thomas Parish, Thumply (1986-1987) and prefect and procurator, Sacred Heart Minor Seminary, Maithara, Alleppey (1989-1993). Currently, he is in charge of the revision of the Malayalam translation of the Bible at Pastoral Orientation Centre, Ernakulam. He was also member of the College of Consultors of the diocese of Alleppey.

Pope Francis selected him to the august position on Dec. 7, 2017, and Bishop Anaparambil received episcopal ordination on Feb. 11, 2018.

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