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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 Kohima

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Bishop James Thoppil
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Bishop James Thoppil
Bishop's House,
Post Box No. 519
Kohima - Nagaland, 797 001 India

Phone: +91- 370- 2228452 (office)
Fax :+91- 370 -227083
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Bishop James Thoppil born on May 8, 1959, in Kottayam into a family of the Syro-Malabar Church. After his primary studies in Kerala, he entered the Minor Seminary of St. Joseph, Dibrugarh (1974-1977). Later, he attended the Christ King College for his philosophy studies (1977-1980).

He was ordained priest on Jan. 12, 1986, in the diocese of Kohima. After ordination, from 1986 to 1990 he was dean of studies at Good Shepherd Seminary, Dimapur.

On June 16, 2011, Pope Benedict XVI appointed him bishop of Kohima.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Archbishop Domnic Lumon ( 2009-2011)
  • Bishop Emeritus Mukala Jose (1998-2009)
  • Bishop Jose Mukala (1997 - 2009 )
  • Bishop Abraham Alangimattathil, S.D.B. (1973 -1996)

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