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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.

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Archdiocese of Visakapatnam

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Religious Congregations, Societies and Institutes

Religious Institutes of Men

  • Claretian Missionaries :CMF
  • Clerics Regualar of Somasca :CRS
  • Congregation of the Missions :CM
  • Congregation of the most holy Redeemer :CssR
  • Missionaries of Faith :MF
  • Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette :MS
  • Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales :MSFS
  • Order of Discalced Carmelites :OCD
  • Order of Friars Minor Capuchins :OFM, Cap
  • Pallotines :SAC
  • Salesians of Don Bosco :SDB
  • Society of Jesus :SJ
  • Third Order Regular of St. Francis of Penance :TOE

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Assisi Sisters of Mary Immaculate :ASMI
  • Canossian Daughters of Charity :FDCC
  • Catechist Sisters of Mary Immaculate :SMI
  • Catechist Sisters of St. Anne :CSA
  • Congregation of Samaritan Sisters :CSS
  • Congregation of Sisters of St. Anne, Guntur :CSSA
  • Congregation of St. Aloysius :OSI
  • Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul :DC
  • Daughters of St. Anne :DSA
  • Deenasevasabha :DSS
  • Franciscan Clarist Congregation :FCC
  • Maria Bambina Sisters :SCCG
  • Missionaries of Charity :MC
  • Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate :MSI
  • Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration :PCPA
  • Salesian Sisters of Don Bosco :FMA
  • Sisters Of Adoration of Blessed Sacrament :SABS
  • Sisters of Charity of St. Anne, Bombay :SCHSA
  • Sisters of Mercy of the Holy Cross :SCS
  • Sisters of St. Anne of Providence :SA
  • Sisters of St. Joseph of Annecy :SJA
  • Sisters of the Cross of Chavanod :SCC
  • Sisters of the Divine Saviour :SDS
  • Sisters of the Holy Cross (Menzingen) :HC
  • Sisters of the Holy Spirit :SHSP
  • Society of Jesus, Mary and Joseph :JMJ
  • Society of Sisters of St. Ann, Luzern :SAS

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