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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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  • Order of Friars Minor Capuchins :OFM Cap.
  • Order of Preachers (Dominicans) :OP
  • Society of Don Bosco, Salesian :SDB
  • Society of Jesus - Bombay Province :SJ
  • Society of Jesus - Pune Province :SJ

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Carmelite Religious of Trivandrum :CCR
  • Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul :DC
  • Daughters of Cross of Liege :FC
  • Daughters of Mary Help of Christians :FMA
  • Daughters of May, Help of Christians, Salesian :FMA
  • Franciscan Hospitaller Sisters of the Immaculate Conception :HIC
  • Handmaids of Christ :HC
  • Medical Mission Secular Insitute :MMSI
  • Missionaries of Charity :MC
  • Poor Sisters of Our Lady :PSOL
  • Religious of Assumption :RA
  • Religious of Jesus and Mary :RJM
  • Religious of Mary Immaculate :RMI
  • Sisters of Charity of St. Anne :SCHSA
  • Sisters of Our Lady of Fatima :FS
  • Sisters of St. Ann of Luzern :SAS
  • Sisters of the Cross of Chavanod :SCC
  • Society of the Helpers of Mary :SHM
  • Society of the Sacred Heart of Jesus :RSCJ
  • Ursulines of Mary Immaculate :UMI

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