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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 Purnea

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Vicar General

Rev. Fr. Francis Tirkey

Social Service Centre
C/O Catholic Church, Purnea
Dist & P.O. Purnea
Bihar - 854301
India

Phone: 09431230787

Email: [email protected]

Chancellor

Rev. Fr. Francis Tirkey

Social Service Centre
C/O Catholic Church, Purnea
Dist & P.O. Purnea
Bihar - 854301
India

Phone: 09431230787

Email: [email protected]

Financial Administrator

Rev. Fr. Augustine C. Toppo

Bishop's House
Maharaji Hatta
P.O. & Dist- Purnea
Bihar - 854301
India

Phone: 09431206890

Email: [email protected]

Judicial Vicar

Rev. Fr. Joachim Jacob

Chancery Office
Nawab Colony, P.B. No. 61,
Bhagalpur - 812001
Bihar, India

Phone: 09631946569

Email: [email protected]

Secretary to the Bishop

Rev. Fr. Roshan Surin

Bishop's House
Maharaji Hatta
P.O. & Dist- Purnea
Bihar - 854301
India

Phone: 07765885047

Email: [email protected]

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