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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 Aurangabad

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Bishop Ambrose Rebello
Bishop Rebello
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Bishop Ambrose Rebello
Bishop's House,
34 Cantonment,
Aurangabad Cantt. 431002,
Maharashtra, India

Phone: (0240)2370.576, 9423452655
Email: [email protected]

Bishop Ambrose Rebello was the chancellor and vicar general Aurangabad diocese when Pope Francis appointed him its bishop on April 13, 2015.

He was born in 1949 and studied philosophy and theology at St. Charles Regional Seminary in Nagpur, as a seminarian of Amravati diocese. His native parish, which is now part of Aurangabad diocese, was then part of Amravati diocese.

He was ordained priest in 1979 for the new diocese of Aurangabad and served it in different capacities.

In the first five years of his priesthood, he was assistant priest. Until 2011, he served as priest of several parishes.

In 2011, he became vicar general of Aurangabad, director of the Diocesan Pastoral Centre, vice chancellor and director of the education society of the diocese of Aurangabad.

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