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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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Archdiocese of Trivandrum (S)

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Previous Ordinaries:

  • Bishop John Kochuthundil (Curial Bishop: 5 Aug 2017 to 10 Apr 2018)
  • Major Archbishop and Catholicos Cyril Mar Baselios OIC (2005-2007 )
  • Major Archbishop and Catholicos Cyril Mar Baselios OIC (2005-2007)
  • Archbishop Cyril Mar Baselios OIC (1995-2005)
  • Archbishop Cyril Mar Baselios OIC (1995-2005)
  • Bishop Samuel Mar Irenios (Priest: 22 Dec 1978; Auxiliary Bishop: 25 Jan 2010 to 10 Apr 2018)
  • Archbishop Benedict Mar Gregorios OIC (1955-1994)
  • Archbishop Benedict Mar Gregorios OIC (1955-1994)
  • Vacant (1953-1955)
  • Vacant (1953-1955)
  • Archbishop Geevarghese Mar Ivanios OIC (1932-1953)
  • Archbishop Geevarghese Mar Ivanios OIC (1932-1953 )

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