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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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Diocese of Palayamkottai

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Bishop Antonysamy Savarimuthu
Bishop Savarimuthu
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Bishop Antonysamy Savarimuthu
Catholic Bishop's House,
P.O. Box 108, Palayankottai-627002,
Tirunelvely Dt., Tamil Nadu, India

Phone: (0462)252.21.14
Fax :257.82.32
Email: [email protected]

Pope Francis appointed Father Antonysamy Savarimuthu as bishop of Palayamkottai on Nov. 20, 2019. Bishop Savarimuthu was born on Dec. 8, 1960, and was ordained priest on April 26, 1987, for the diocese of Palayamkottai.

He studied at St. Peter’s Minor Seminary, Madurai, and later at St. Peter’s Pontifical Seminary, Bangalore, from 1979 to 1987. From 1992 to 2000 he was at Institut Catholique de Paris for the licence and doctorate in canon law.

He served the diocese in the following assignments: secretary to the bishop of Palayamkottai (1987-1989); professor at the Minor Seminary, Palayamkottai (1989-1992); rector of Christ Hall Seminary, Karumathur (2000-2004) and vicar general of Palayamkottai. At present, he is also dean of the Institute of Canon Law at St. Peter’s Pontifical Seminary, Bangalore.

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