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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 Galle

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Vicar General

Rev. Msgr. Charles Hewawasam

Bishop's House,
Kaluwella, Galle,
Sri Lanka

Phone: 091-2234256 / 041-2250457

Email: [email protected]

Chancellor

Rev. Fr. Shelton Fernando

St. Francis Xavier’s Church,
Kalegana, Galle.

Phone: 091-2222023

Email: [email protected]

Financial Administrator

Rev. Fr. Harold Leo Merril Peiris

Bishop’s House,
Kaluwella, Galle.

Phone: 091-2234256 / 091-2243506

Email: [email protected]

Judicial Vicar

Rev. Fr. Bernard Fernando

Bishop's House,
Kaluwella, Galle,
Sri Lanka

Phone: 091-2234256

Email: [email protected]

Secretary to the Bishop

Rev. Fr. Shantha Patrick

Bishop's House,
Kaluwella, Galle,
Sri Lanka

Phone: 091-2234256

Email: [email protected]

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