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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 St Theresa of Lisieux :CST
  • Congregation of the Mission :CM
  • Missionaries of Charity Brothers :MC
  • Society of Jesus :SJ

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Congregation of Alleppey :SVC
  • Congregation of Mother Carmel :CMC
  • Congregation of the Holy Family :CHF
  • Daughters of Charity of St Vincent De Paul :D.C.
  • Deen Bandhu Samaj :DBS
  • Handmaids of Mary :HM
  • Missionaries of Charity :MC
  • Sisters of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament :SABS
  • Sisters of St. Anne Bangalore :SAB
  • Sisters of the Destitute :SD
  • Sisters of the Holy Cross :HC
  • Sisters of the Visitation
  • Society of the Helpers of Mary :SHM
  • The Congregation of the Daughters of St Camillus :DSC
  • Ursulines of Mary Immaculate :UMI

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