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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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  • Congregation of Rosarians :CR
  • Heralds of Good News : HGN
  • La Salle Brothers or Christian Brothers : FSC
  • Order of the Friars Minor Capuchin : OFM, Cap
  • Orders of Discalced Carmelites : OCD
  • Salesians of St. John Bosco : SDB
  • Society of Jesus (Jesuit) : SJ
  • Society of the Divine Word :SVD

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Congregation of Immaculate Conception : CIC
  • Congregation of Rosarian : CR
  • Congregation of St. Louis de Gonzague : FSAG
  • Congregation of Teresian Carmelites : CTC
  • Franciscan Missionaries of Mary : FMM
  • Franciscan Sisters of Our lady of Bon Secours : FBS
  • Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph : FSJ
  • Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary :FIHM
  • Franciscan Sisters of the Presentation of Mary : FSPM
  • Little Sisters of the Poor : PSDP
  • Servants of Mary, Mother of Sorrows : OSM
  • Sisters of St. Anne : CSSA
  • Sisters of St. Anne of Tiruchirapalli : SAT
  • Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo : SCB
  • Sisters of the Cross of Chavanad : SCC
  • Sisters of the Little Flower of Bethany : BS
  • Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus : SSHJ
  • Society of the Sisters of St. Anne : SAS

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