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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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Archdiocese of Tiruvalla

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Previous Ordinaries:

  • Archbishop Baselios Mar Cleemis (2003 -2006)
  • Bishop Geevarghese Mar Timotheos (1988-2003)
  • Bishop Philipose Mar Stephanos (Priest: 27 Apr 1979; Auxiliary Bishop: 25 Jan 2010 to 5 Aug 2017)
  • Bishop Isaac Mar Youhanon (1978- 1987)
  • Bishop Athansios (1955-1977)
  • Bishop Joseph Mar Severios (1950 - 1955)
  • Bishop Jacob Mar Theophilos (1933 -1950)

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