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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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Diocese of Bhadravathi

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Diocese of Bhadravathi
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On Aug. 21, 2007, Cardinal Varkey Vithayathil, Major Archbishop of the Syro-Malabar Church, erected the new diocese of Bhadravathi by separating civil district of Shimoga from the territory of the Mananthavady diocese and appointed Father Joseph Arumachadath, MCBS, as its first bishop.

The diocese serves an area of 10,553 square kilometers with a total population of 1,639,595 of which 6,000 are Syro-Malabar Catholics. There are 13 parishes and six mission stations in the diocese. There are 26 priests serving the diocese.

Eight religious congregations are involved in ministry through 14 educational institutions, six orphanages, 12 healthcare institutions and other social and developmental activities under the Malanad Social Service Society, the official diocesan agency for social work.

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