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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 Port Blair

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Bishop Visuvasam Selvaraj
Bishop Selvaraj
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Bishop Visuvasam Selvaraj
Bishop's House,
Deeptidham, P.B. 466, P.O.
Junglighat, Port Blair-744103,
Andaman Islands, India

Phone: (03192)239.409
Fax :230.404

Pope Francis appointed Father Visuvasam Selvaraj as bishop of Port Blair on June 29, 2021.

Bishop Selvaraj was born on Jan. 4, 1966, in Raja Anna Malaipuram in the Archdiocese of Madras-Mylapore.

He attended the diocesan minor seminary in Santhome, Chennai, from 1981-85 and studied philosophy at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Chennai from 1985-88 and theology at St. Albert’s College, Ranchi, from 1990-94.

Bishop Selvaraj obtained a master’s degree in canon law in 2001 from St. Peter’s Pontifical Seminary, Bangalore.

He was ordained a priest on May 8, 1994, for Port Blair Diocese.

He has been serving as diocesan administrator since Bishop Aleixo das Neves Dias resigned on Jan. 5, 2019.

Bishop Selvaraj has served the diocese as director of social service, procurator, project director, formation director, chaplain, Sagritara Press director, chaplain of the Tamil community, consultor, judicial vicar and chancellor.

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