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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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Apostolic Prefecture of Kompong-Cham

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Apostolic Prefecture of Kompong-Cham
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Kompong-Cham was established as an apostolic prefecture by the Holy See on Sept. 26, 1968.

The seven provinces -- Kompong-Cham, Kratie, Stung Treng, Rattanakiri, Mondolkiri, Svay Rieng and Prey Veng -- belong to the prefecture, with Monsignor Andre Lesouef as its first apostolic prefect.

Church properties were destroyed and many priests and lay Catholics were killed during the civil war in Cambodia from 1970 to 1979.

The prefecture has 3000 Catholics out of a total population of 5,763,685, and has 14 priests in its 27 parishes.

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