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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

  • Kristiya Sanyasa Samaj :KSS
  • Order of the Carmelite Discalced :OCD
  • Order of the Imitation of Christ :OIC
  • Salesians of Don Bosco :SDB

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Basilian Sisters :OSBM
  • Daughters of Mary :DM
  • Fervant Daughters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus :FDSHJ
  • Holy Spirit Sisters :OSS
  • Salesian Sisters :SMA
  • Sisters of the Imitation of Christ :SIC

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