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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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Diocese of Dindigul

Bishop Antony Pappusamy
Bishop  Antony  Pappusamy
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Bishop Antony Pappusamy
Bishop's House, P.O. Box 62, St. Joseph's Church Campus, Dindigul-624001, India
(91) 451-241 1551 or 2411552 (official) (91) 451 2411 564 (personal) Mob: (91) 94432 47731
Fax :(91) 2411 565
[email protected], [email protected]

Bishop Antony Pappusamy was born on Oct. 1, 1949 in Marambady in Dindigul diocese. He was ordained a priest on July 7, 1976, and ordained Titular Bishop of Zaba on Feb. 4, 1999. He was appointed the first Bishop of Dindigul on Nov. 10, 2003. He was the auxiliary bishop of Madurai Archdiocese before becoming the bishop of Dindigul. He is the chairman of Tamil Nadu Bishops' Council's commission for Clergy and Religious.
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