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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 Simdega

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Total land area of the diocese 3761.2 square kilometers. Simdega is located in the south-western part of the state of Jharkhand. Simdega is surrounded by Gumla district in the North, Khunti and West Singhbhum in the east, Chhattisgarh state in the west and Orissa state in the South. This district was carved out from erstwhile Gumla district on April 30, 2001.


Among the 648,515 people in the diocesan territory in 2017, Munda, Oraons, and Kharias, Badaiks, Muslims and Hindus are the ethnic groups.


Languages used in the diocesan territory are Hindi, Mundari, Oraon, Kharia, and Nagpuria.


Roads are being used for transportation in the area.


Per capita income in the diocesan territory: Rs. 23 361 or USD522 as of December 2010.

Major industries: None; Trade and agriculture: Paddy, Maize, Groundnut, and Black beans.


The literacy rate is Female: 23 percent, Male: 45 percent

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