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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 Tellicherry

Archbishop George Njaralakatt
Archbishop George Njaralakatt
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Archbishop George Njaralakatt
The Archbishop's House, Tellicherry-670 101, Kannur, Kerala, India
0490 234-2440
Fax :+91 490 2341412
[email protected], [email protected]

Archbishop Mar George Njaralakatt was born on June 23, 1946, at Kalayanthany, Thodupuzha, in the eparchy of Kothamangalam. In 1960, his family migrated to Malabar and settled in Nadavayal, Wayanad. He had obtained BA degree from Mysore University.

He had his Minor Seminary formation in St. Joseph's Minor Seminary Thalasserry, from 1963 to 1965, philosophy and theology studies at St. Joseph’s Pontifical Seminary, Alwaye, from 1965-1972. He was ordained priest on Dec. 20, 1971, at Thalassery by Mar Sebastian Valloppilly. He had his higher studies at Pontifical Salesian University in Rome (from Sept 1983 to December 1986) and obtained licentiate in in October 1986.

After the ordination he was appointed assistant parish priest at Kanichar in the archieparchy of Tellichery. On Jan. 18, 2010, he was appointed the bishop of the newly erected diocese of Mandya, in Karnataka and was consecrated on April 7, 2010, at Infant Jesus Cathedral Church at Hinkal, Mysore, and took charge of his office on the same day.

On Aug. 29, 2014, Pope Francis appointed Bishop Njaralakatt as the archbishop of Tellicherry. He took over from Archbishop George Valiamattam, who had resigned, having reached the retirement age of 75.

Archbishop Mar George Njaralakatt retired on 15 Jan 2022.
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