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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

  • Carmelite Order :OCD
  • Missionaries of St Francis De Sales :MSFS
  • Order of the Friars Minor :OFM
  • Order of the Friars Minor Capuchin :OFM Cap
  • Salesians of Don Bosco :SDB
  • Society of Jesus :SJ

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Assisi Sisters of Mary Immaculate :ASMI
  • Franciscan Hospitaller Sisters of the Immaculate Conception :FHIC
  • Missionaries of Charity :MC
  • Missionary Sisters of Mary Immaculate :MSMI
  • Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration :PCPA
  • Salesian Missionaries of Mary Immaculate :SMMI
  • Sisters of Charity :SCCG
  • Sisters of Our Lady of Fatima :FS
  • Sisters of St Ann (Bangalore) :SSA
  • Sisters of St Ann of Providence :SA
  • Sisters of St Joseph of Cluny :SJC
  • Sisters of the Congregation of Mount Carmel :AC
  • Sisters of the Cross of Chavanod :SCC
  • Sisters of the Good Shepherd :RGS
  • Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus :MSC
  • Society of Jesus, Mary and Joseph :JMJ
  • Ursuline Franciscan Sisters :UFS

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