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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

  • Heralds of the Good News :HGN
  • Claretian Missionaries :CMF
  • Franciscan Missionary Brothers :CMSF
  • Missionaries of St Francis de Sales :MSFS
  • Montfort Brothers of St. Gabriel :SG
  • Order of Friars Minor :OFM
  • Order of Friars Minor Capuchins :OFM Cap
  • Salesians of Don Bosco :SDB
  • Society of Jesus :SJ
  • Society of the Divine Word :SVD

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Augustinian Sisters :OSA
  • Clarist Sisters :CFMSS
  • Congregation of Jesus :CJ
  • Daughters of Mary Help of Christians :FMA
  • Fatima Sisters :FS
  • Franciscan Clarist Congregation :FCC
  • Franciscan Servants of Mary :FSM
  • Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Graces :FSLG
  • Handmaids of Mary :HM
  • Hospitaller Sisters of Mercy :HSM
  • Medical Mission Sisters :MMS
  • Missionaries of Charity :MC
  • Missionary Sisters of Mary Help of Christians :MSMHC
  • Sacred Heart Sisters :SH
  • Sisters of Nazareth :CSN
  • Sisters of St Ann of Providence :SA
  • Sisters of St Joseph of Cluny :SJC
  • Sisters of the Little Flower of Bethany :BS
  • Ursuline Franciscan Sisters :UFS

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