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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

  • Congregation of the Missions : CM
  • Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales : MSFS
  • Order of Friars Minor Capuchins : OFM Cap
  • Salesians of Don Bosco : SDB
  • Society of Jesus : SJ

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Carmelite Sisters of Charity : CSC
  • Congregation of Mother Carmel :CMC
  • Daughter of Charity :DC
  • Daughters of Mary help of Christians :FMA
  • Franciscan Clarist Congregation :FCC
  • Missionaries of Charity : MC
  • Missionary Sisters of Mary help of Christians : MSMHC
  • Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate : MSI
  • Sacred heart :SH
  • Salesian Missionaries of the Mary Immaculate : SMMI
  • Sisters of Charity of St. Bartolomea : SCCG
  • Sisters of the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament ~ :SABS
  • Sisters of the little flower of Bethany : BS
  • Ursuline Franciscan Sisters of Mangalore : UFS

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