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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 Mangalore

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Previous Ordinaries:

  • Bishop Aloysius Paul D'Souza (8 Nov 1996 Appointed - 3 Jul 2018 Retired)
  • Bishop Basil Salvadore D'Souza (1965-1996)
  • Bishop Raymond D'Mello (1959-1964)
  • Bishop Basil Salvador Theodore Peres (1956 - 1958)
  • Bishop Vittore Rosario Fernandes (1931-1956)
  • Bishop Valeriano Giuseppe de Souza (1928-1930)
  • Bishop Paolo Charles Perini, S.J. (Apostolic Administrator 1923-1928)
  • Bishop Paolo Charles Perini, S.J. (1910-1923)
  • Bishop Abbondio Cavadini, S.J. (1895-1910)
  • Bishop Ephrem-Edouard-Lucien-Th?oponte Garrelon, O. Carm. (1870-1873)

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