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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

  • Brothers of the Holy Cross :CSC
  • Congregation of the Missions :CM
  • Holy Cross Fathers :CSC
  • Missionaries of St Francis de Sales :MSFS
  • Montfort Brothers of St. Gabriel :SG
  • Order of Friars Minor Capuchins :OFM Cap
  • Salesians of Don Bosco :SDB

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Apostolic Carmelites :AC
  • Daughters of Mary, Help of Christians :FMA
  • Missionaries of Charity :MC
  • Missionary Sisters of Immaculate :MSI
  • Missionary Sisters of Mary Help of Christians :MSMHC
  • Sisters of Charity :SCCG
  • Sisters of Little Flower of Bethany :BS
  • Sisters of St Charles Borromeo :SCB
  • Sisters of the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament :SABS
  • Ursuline Franciscan Sisters :UFS
  • Ursuline Sisters of Tildonk :OSU

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