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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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Religious Congregations, Societies and Institutes

Religious Institutes of Men

  • Congregation of the Holy Cross :CSC
  • Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales :MSFS
  • Montfort Brothers of Saint Gabriel :SG
  • Order of Friars Minor Capuchins :OFM Cap
  • Salesians of Don Bosco :SDB
  • Society of the Divine Word :SVD

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Daughters of Mary, Help of Christians (Salesian Sisters) :FMA
  • Fatima Sisters :FS
  • Missionaries of Charity :MC
  • Missionary Sisters - Servants of the Holy Spirit :SSpS
  • Missionary Sisters of Mary, Help of Christians :MSMHC
  • Sisters of Charity of Ss. Bartholomea Capitanio & Vincenza Gerosa :SCCG
  • Sisters of St. Joseph of Annecy :SJA
  • Sisters of the Holy Cross :CSC
  • Sisters of the Little Flower of Bethany :BS

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