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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 Institutes of Men

  • Claretian Missionaries : CMF
  • Congregation of the Holy Cross :CSC
  • Missionaries of Charity Fathers :MC
  • Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales : MSFS
  • Order of Discalced Carmelites : OCD
  • Order of Friars Minor Capuchins :OFM cap
  • Salesians of Don Bosco :SDB
  • Society of Jesus : SJ
  • Society of the Divine Saviour, Salvatorians :SDS

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Apostolic Carmel : AC
  • Bethany Sisters : BS
  • Clarist Franciscan Missionaries of the Most Bl.Sacrament : CFMSS
  • Congregation of Our Lady of the Missions :RNDM
  • Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Cross : CSC
  • Daughters of Mary Help of Christians : FMA
  • Daughters of St. Paul : DSP
  • Fatima Sisters : FS
  • Holy Cross Sisters (Menzingen) : OSF
  • Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary : IBVM
  • Missionaries of Charity : MC
  • Missionaries of Christ Jesus : MCJ
  • Missionary Sisters of Mary Help of Christians : MSMHC
  • Order of St. Benedict : OSB
  • Salesian Missionaries of Mary Immaculate :SMMI
  • Salvatorian Sisters : SDS
  • Sisters of Charity of Sts. B. Capitanio & Vincenza Gerosa : SCCG
  • Visitation Sisters of Don Bosco : VSDB

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