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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

  • Claretian Missionaries : CMF
  • Congregation of Holy Cross :CSC
  • Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales :MSFS
  • Order of Friars Minor Capuchins : OFM Cap
  • Salesians of Don Bosco : SDB
  • Society of the Divine Word :SVD

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Apostolic Carmel : AC
  • Holy Spirit Sisters : SSPS
  • Maria Bambina Sisters : SCCG
  • Missionary Sisters of Mary Help of Christians : MSMHC
  • Salesian Sisters of Don Bosco : FMA
  • Sisters Of Adoration of Blessed Sacrament : SABS
  • Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions :RNDM
  • Visitation Sisters of Don Bosco :VSDB

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