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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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Diocese of Nellore

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Diocese of Nellore
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In a land area of 30,800 square kilometers, the diocesan territory covers civil districts of Nellore and Prakasam.

Population

The population is 7,689,000 as of June 2016.

Political

The main political parties are the Congress Party, Telugu Desam (regional party) and the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Transportation

Buses of the State Road Transport Corporation and railway are the modes of transportation.

Economy

There are no major industries in the diocesan area except handloom sector which is a small scale industry.

The main crops are paddy, sugarcane, cotton and tobacco. The per capita income in the diocesan territory is: Rs 11,381 ($285) as of February. 2008.

Nellore district is also known for aqua farming. The district is called the "shrimp capital of India."

Telecommunication

Telecommunication services (dish connections) are fairly widespread in the diocesan territory. No TV broadcasting station in the territory.

Education

The literacy rate in the diocesan territory is 61.2 percent.

Culture

The literacy rate in the diocesan territory is 61.2 %.

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