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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 Congregations, Societies and Institutes

Religious Institutes of Men

  • Carmelite Fathers : OCD
  • Carmelites of Mary Immaculate : CMI
  • Claretian Missionary Fathers : CMF
  • Congregation of Christian Brothers : CFC
  • Congregation of the Mission (Vincentians) :CM
  • Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (Redemptorist) : CSsR
  • Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary :SSCC
  • Missionary of Charity Fathers and Brothers : MC
  • Order of Friars Minor Capuchin : OFM Cap
  • Salesians of Don Bosco : SDB
  • Societatis Verbi Divini :SVD
  • Society of Jesus (Jesuits) : SJ
  • Society of the Missionaries of St Francis Xavier (Pilar Fathers) : SFX

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Apostolic Carmel-Mangalore : AC
  • Bethany Sisters : BS
  • Carmelite Sisters of St Teresa :CSST
  • Congregation of Our Lady of the Missions :RNDM
  • Congregation of the Holy Family : CHF
  • Congregation of the Mother of Carmel : CMC
  • Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul : DC
  • Daughters of Mary Help of Christians : FMA
  • Daughters of St Anne : DSA
  • Daughters of St Paul : FSP
  • Daughters of the Cross (Liege) : FC
  • Discalced Carmelites of the Order of Our Blessed Lady of Mount Carmel :OCD
  • Franciscan Missionaries of Mary :FMM
  • Franciscan sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary :FIHM
  • Handmaids of Mary : HM
  • Helpers of the Poor Souls in Purgatory :SA
  • Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Loreto) :IBVM
  • Little Sisters of the Poor : PSDP
  • Missionaries of Charity : MC
  • Missionary Sisters of Mary Help of Christians : MSMHC
  • Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate (Nirmala sisters) : MSI
  • Missionary Sisters Servants of the Holy Spirit :SSpS
  • Sacred Heart Sisters :SSCC
  • Salesian Sisters : FMA
  • Servite Sisters :OSM
  • Sisters Adorers, Handmaids of the Blessed Sacrament and of Charity : AASC
  • Sisters of Charity of Sts Bartholomea Capitanio and Vincenza Gerosa : SCCG
  • Sisters of Divine Saviour : SDS
  • Sisters of Mary Immaculate :SMI
  • Sisters of Providence : SDP
  • Sisters of Providence of Gap : SPG
  • Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny :SJC
  • Sisters of St. Joseph of the Apparition : SJA
  • Sisters of the Cross of Chavanod :SCC
  • Sisters of the Mercy of the Holy Cross : SCSC
  • Society of the Sisters of St Ann : SAS
  • Society of the Sisters of St Anne, Chennai :SSA
  • Ursuline Franciscan Sisters :UFS

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