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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 Cuddapah

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Diocese of Cuddapah
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In a land area of 31,019 square kilometers, the diocesan territory covers civil districts of Kadapa and Chittoor.


The population is 6,951,000 at end of 2016.


The languages used are Telugu, Tamil and English.


The two main political parties in the region are the Indian National Congress and the Telugu Desam Party.


Main modes of transport are public buses and trains. Transportation infrastructure facilities are good.


The per capita income in the diocesan territory is Rs. 10,708 ($251) as of July 2008. Kadapa district is a repository of mineral wealth like lead, barites, asbestos and limestone. It is also known for the "Cuddapah stone" used in the construction industry. Cement production is a major industry in the district. Chittoor is known for its agro-based industries such as fruit-processing units and byproducts of horticulture. The major agricultural products of the area are: groundnut, paddy, sugarcane, cotton, turmeric and jowar.


Telecommunication services are fairly widespread. There is a radio station in Kadapa.


The literacy rate in the diocesan territory is 64.8 percent.


Burra Katha, a local folklore is popular. So also local forms of dances and dramas.

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