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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 (Latin)

Archbishop Maria Calist Soosa Pakiam
Archbishop Maria Calist Soosa Pakiam
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Archbishop Maria Calist Soosa Pakiam
Archbishop's House P.B. No. 805 Vellayambalam Trivandrum - 695 003 Kerala, India
+91-471-2724001,; +91-471-2723001
Fax :+91-471-2725001
[email protected]

Archbishop Maria Calist Soosa Pakiam was born on March 11, 1946, into a fishermen family in Marthandanthurai, a coastal village in Tamil Nadu bordering Kerala. He was ordained priest on Dec. 20, 1969. He was appointed apostolic administrator of the diocese of Trivandrum on Jan. 13, 1990, and consecrated as bishop on Feb. 2, 1990. He was elevated as first archbishop of Trivandrum on June 17, 2004.

Archbishop Soosa Pakiam is chairman of the laity commission of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI). He is a member of the commission for liturgy of the C.C.B.I. and of the laity commission of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conference (FABC). He is also chairman of the commission for anti-alcoholic movement of the Kerala Catholic Bishops’ Conference.

In 02'nd February 2022 Soosa Pakyam quit as arch-bishop of trivandrum and handed over the post to Dr. Thomas netto.
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