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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.

Find out which is the first diocese in India here.

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Diocese of Mangalore

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Bishop Peter Paul Saldanha
Bishop Saldanha
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Bishop Peter Paul Saldanha
Bishop's House,
Kodialbail P.O.,
Dakshina Kannada,
Karnataka, India

Phone: (0824)2440.525
Email: [email protected]

Bishop Peter Paul Saldanha was born on April 27, 1964, in Kinnigoli in Kirem parish in diocese of Mangalore.

He studied philosophy and theology at St. Joseph's Interdiocesan Seminary at Jeppu, Mangalore. He obtained a doctorate in theology from the Pontifical Urban University (Rome). He also has a diploma in psychology. On May 6, 1991, he was ordained priest for the diocese of Mangalore. He served as assistant priest at Moodubelle parish in Udupi diocese.

In March 2015, he was appointed consultor to the general secretariat of the synod of bishops. Bishop Saldanha has authored a book titled ‘The Church: Mystery of Love and Communion’.

On July 3, 2018 Pope Francis has appointed him bishop of Mangalore diocese.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Bishop Aloysius Paul D'Souza (8 Nov 1996 Appointed - 3 Jul 2018 Retired)
  • Bishop Basil Salvadore D'Souza (1965-1996)
  • Bishop Raymond D'Mello (1959-1964)
  • Bishop Basil Salvador Theodore Peres (1956 - 1958)
  • Bishop Vittore Rosario Fernandes (1931-1956)
  • Bishop Valeriano Giuseppe de Souza (1928-1930)
  • Bishop Paolo Charles Perini, S.J. (Apostolic Administrator 1923-1928)
  • Bishop Paolo Charles Perini, S.J. (1910-1923)
  • Bishop Abbondio Cavadini, S.J. (1895-1910)
  • Bishop Ephrem-Edouard-Lucien-Th?oponte Garrelon, O. Carm. (1870-1873)

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