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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 Rajkot

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  • Society of Jesus :SJ

Religious Institutes of Women

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  • Carmelite Missionaries :CM
  • Carmelite Sisters of Charity (Vedruna) :CCV
  • Congregation of the Holy Family :CHF
  • Congregation of the Mother of Carmel :CMC
  • Contemplative Nuns of the Order of St. Benedict :OSB
  • Daughters of the Presentation of Mary at the Temple :DPM
  • Franciscan Clarist Congregation :FCC
  • Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Congregation :FIHM
  • Hermitage
  • Little Daughters of St. Francis Xavier :LD
  • Missionaries of Charity :MC
  • Pious Union of Sisters of 31. Alphonsa :SBA
  • Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration :PCPA
  • Sacred Heart Congregation :SH
  • Servants of the Holy Spirit, Missionary Sisters :SSpS
  • Sisters of Charity of St. Ann :SchSA
  • Sisters of St. Ann of Providence :SA
  • Sisters of St. Joseph's Congregation :SJC
  • Sisters of the Adoration of Blessed Sacrament :SABS
  • Sisters of the Destitute :SD
  • Sisters of the Poor of St. Catherine of Sienna :SdP
  • Society of Dev Priya Sisters :DP
  • St. Martha's Congregation :SMC

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