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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

  • Missionaries of Charity Brothers :M.C
  • Society of Jesus :S.J
  • Society of St. Francis de Sales :S.D.B
  • Third Order Regular of St. Francis :T.O.R

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Catechist Sisters of Mary Immaculate, Help of Christians :S.M.I
  • Congregation of Sisters of the St. Joseph of Chambery :C.S.J
  • Daughters of St. Anne (Ranchi) :D.S.A
  • Franciscan Clarist Congregation :F.C.C
  • Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary :F.I.H
  • Missionaries of Charity :M.C
  • Missionary Sisters of the Queen of Apostles :S.R.A
  • Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny :S.J.C
  • Ursuline Sisters of Tildonk :O.S.U

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