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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 Tiruchirapalli

Bishop Devadass Ambrose Mariadoss
Bishop Devadass Ambrose  Mariadoss
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Bishop Devadass Ambrose Mariadoss
Bishop's House, P.O. Box 14, 12A Convent Road, Tiruchchirappalli-620001, Tamil Nadu, India
(0431)2415.635; 2401.568
Fax :2417.502
[email protected]

Bishop M. Devadass Ambrose was born on Oct. 6, 1947, in the village of Ammapet near Thanjavur. He was ordained priest on Aug. 5, 1974, and appointed bishop of Thanjavur on July 18, 1997, the third ordinary of the diocese. His episcopal ordination was on Sept. 24, 1997. Bishop Ambrose was the vice rector of St. Peter's Pontifical Seminary in Bangalore before his appointment as the diocesan prelate. He is now chairman for the commission for catechetics of the Tamil Nadu Bishops' Council.

On July 14, 2018, he appointed apostolic administrator of Tiruchirapalli.
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