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Cardinal Cheong

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 Shimoga

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Diocese of Shimoga
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The diocese stretches over 21,405 square kilometers and covers three civil districts in Karnataka state.

Population

The total population was 5,645,380 at the end of 2017.

Language

The languages used in the diocesan territory are Kannada, Tamil, Konkani and Malayalam.

Economy

The per capita income is Rs 100 a day (US$2.16) as of July 2006.

Industries

Textiles, areca and paddy are major products.

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