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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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Diocese of Diphu

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Religious Congregations, Societies and Institutes

Religious Institutes of Men

  • Franciscan Missionary Brothers : CMSF
  • Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales :MSFS
  • Missionary Congress of the Blessed Sacrament :MCBS
  • Order of Discalced Carmelites : OCD
  • Order of Preachers (Dominicans) :OP
  • Salesians of Don Bosco :SDB
  • Society of Jesus :SJ

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Missionary Sisters of Mary Help of Christians :MSMHC
  • Apostolic Carmel : AC
  • Clarist Franciscan Missionaries of the Most Blessed Sacrament : CFMSS
  • Congregation of Mother of Carmel :CMC
  • Congregation of the Our Lady of the Missions :RNDM
  • Daughter of Mary Help of Christians : FMA
  • Franciscan Clarist Congregation : FCC
  • Hospitaller Sisters of Mercy : HSM
  • Missionaries of Charity :MC
  • Missionary Sisters, Servant of the Holy Spirit :SSpS
  • Sacred Heart Congregation : SH
  • Salesian Missionaries of Mary Immaculate : SMMI
  • Sisters of Notre Dame : SND
  • Sisters of the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament :SABS
  • Sisters of the Destitute :SD
  • Ursuline Sisters of the Congregation of Tildonk : OSU
  • Venerini Sisters : MPV
  • Visitation Sisters of Don Bosco : VSDB

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