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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

  • Carmelites of Mary Immaculate :CMI
  • Discalced Carmelites :OCD
  • Little Flower Congregation :CST
  • Missionary Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament :MCBS
  • Vincentian Congregation :VC

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Clarist Franciscan Missionaries of Most Blessed Sacrament :CFMSS
  • Congregation of Mother Carmel :CMC
  • Daughters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus :DSHJ
  • Franciscan Clarist Congregation :FCC
  • Missionary Sisters of Mary Immaculate :MSMI
  • Sacred Heart Congregation :SH
  • Sisters of Charity of St Vincent De Paul :SCV
  • Sisters of St Elizabeth
  • Sisters of the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament :SABS

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