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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 Meerut

Bishop Francis Kalist
Bishop Francis Kalist
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Bishop Francis Kalist
Bishop's House, 283 Roorkee Road, Meerut Cantt, Uttar Pradesh 250001, India
+91 121-2642790
Fax :+91 121-2630091
[email protected], [email protected]

Bishop Francis Kalist was born on Nov 23, 1957, in Ritapuram parish of Kottar diocese in southern Tamil Nadu state. He was ordained priest for Meerut diocese on Dec 30, 1982. He was appointed bishop on Dec 3, 2008, and was ordained on Feb. 8, 2009. Prior to his appointment as bishop, he served as the rector of the Regional Philosophate, St. Francis Xavier's Major Seminary at Etmadpur, Agra archdiocese.

On 19 March, 2022, Pope Francis has appointed Most Rev. Francis Kalist, Bishop of Meerut as the new Metropolitan Archbishop of Pondicherry-Cuddalore in Tamilnadu.
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