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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 Institutes of Women

  • Apostolic Carmel :AC
  • Catechist Sisters of Mary Immaculate, Help of Christians :SMI
  • Congregation of Holy Family :CHF
  • Congregation of Jesus :CJ
  • Congregation of Mother of Carmel :CMC
  • Congregation of Samaritan Sisters :CSS
  • Congregation of Theresian Carmelites :CTC
  • Franciscan Clarist Sisters :FCC
  • Institute of the Carmelite Sisters of St Teresa :CSST
  • Missionaries of Charity :MC
  • Missionaries of the Queen of Apostles :SRA
  • Missionary Sisters of Mary Help of Christians :MSMHC
  • Religious of the Assumption :RA
  • Sacred Heart :SH
  • Sisters of Adoration of Blessed Sacrament :SABS
  • Sisters of Charity of Nazareth :SCN
  • Sisters of Charity of St. Ann :SCHSA
  • Sisters of Jesus, Mary and Joseph :JMJ
  • Sisters of Mercy of the Holy Cross :HC
  • Sisters of Notre Dame :SND
  • Sisters of Providence of Gap :SPG
  • Sisters of St Ursuline of Tildonk :OSU
  • St Ann of Providence :SA
  • St Ann's (Kolkata) :DSA
  • St Ann's Ranchi :DSA
  • Union of the Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary :PBVM

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