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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 Bangalore

Bernard Blasius Moras
Bernard Blasius Moras
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Bernard Blasius Moras
Archbishop's House, 75 Millers Road Post Bag No. 2 Bangalore - 560 046, Karnataka (India)
+80 23330438, 23330838, 23339199 (O), 233 5155 (P)
Fax :+80 23531600
[email protected], [email protected]

Archbishop Bernard Moras was born on Aug. 10,1941, in Kuppepadav, Mangalore diocese, in the southern Indian state of Karnataka. He was ordained a priest on Dec. 6, 1967. Initially appointed Bishop of Belgaum, his episcopal oridation took place on Feb. 25, 1997, Bishop Moras was appointed Archbishop of Bangalore in July 2004 and installed on Sept. 17 that year. He also serves as Chairman of the Health Commission of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India (CBCI), Chairman of the Governing Board of St. John's Medical College and Hospital, Ecclesiastical Advisor to the Catholic Health Association of India, President of the Karnataka Regional Catholic Bishop's Council and Chairman of the Karnataka Regional Pastoral Plan, as well as being a member of the Governing Board of many charitable institutions. Archbishop Moras is a member of the CBCI Standing Committee.
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