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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 Tiruchirapalli

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Antony Devotta
Bishop's House, Post Box No. 14, 12 A, Convent Road, Melapudur,Tiruchirapalli - 620 001, Tamil Nadu, India
(91) 431-2415 635, (91) 9443812344 (Mobile)
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Bishop Antony Devotta was born on June 30, 1943, in Santhome in Chennai (formerly called Madras). He was ordained a priest on Aug. 27, 1971. He was appointed bishop on Dec. 12, 2000, and installed on Jan. 28, 2001. He was the vicar general of Madras-Mylapore archdiocese before becoming Bishop of Tiruchirapalli. He is chairperson of the Commission for Social Communication of the Tamil Nadu Bishops' Council. He is also the chairperson for the Catechetics Commission of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India (Latin rite). On 14 Jul, 2018 he retired.
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