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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 Pondicherry-Cuddalore

Archbishop Antony Anandarayar
Archbishop Antony Anandarayar
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Archbishop Antony Anandarayar
Archbishop's House, P.B. No.193, 206, Cathedral Street, Pondicherry - 605 001 India.
Phone: (91) 413-2334748/2339911
Fax :(91) 413-5201503
[email protected], [email protected]

Archbishop Antony Anandarayar was born on July 18, 1945, in Varadarajanpet in Kumbakonam diocese. He was ordained a priest on Dec. 21, 1971 and became Bishop of Ooty on Jan. 29, 1997. Bishop Anandarayar was later installed as Archbishop of Pondicherry-Cuddalore on July 5, 2004.

On 27 Jan 2021, Archbishop Antony Anandarayar retired.
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