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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 Simdega

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Religious Congregations, Societies and Institutes

Religious Institutes of Men

  • Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (Redemptorists) :CSsR
  • Order of Friars Minor (Franciscans) :OFM
  • Society of Jesus :SJ
  • Third Order Regular of St. Francis :TOR

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Daughters of St. Ann (Ranchi) :DSA
  • Daughters of the Cross (Liege) :FC
  • Franciscan Clarist Sisters :FCC
  • Franciscan Missionary Sisters of Sacred Heart :FMSH
  • Franciscan Servants of Mary :FSM
  • Handmaids of Mary :HM
  • Missionary Sisters of the Queen of Apostles :SRA
  • Religious of the Assumption :RA
  • Sisters of Charity of Jesus & Mary :SCJM
  • Sisters of St. Joseph of Tarbes :SJT
  • Sisters of the Cross of Chavanod :SCC
  • Ursuline Sisters of Tidolok :OSU

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