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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 Belgaum

Bishop Peter Machado
Bishop Peter  Machado
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Bishop Peter Machado
Bishop's House, B.C.69, Camp, Belgaum - 590 001, Karnataka State
09448441002, 09448122587, +91 831 - 2420587 (o), +91 831 - 2451874 (p)
Fax :+91 831 - 2424226
[email protected], [email protected]

Bishop Peter Machado was born on May 26, 1954, in Honavar, which at the time was in Belgaum Diocese. He was ordained a priest on Dec. 8, 1978, for the Diocese of Karwar, which had been created as a diocese separate from Belgaum two years earlier. He was appointed Bishop of Belgaum on Feb. 2, 2006, and was ordained bishop on March 30 that year. Prior to his episcopal appointment, he completed doctoral studies in Rome in Canon Law and served as procurator, judicial vicar, consultor and secretary of the Karnataka regional bishops' Laity Commission, based in Bangalore.
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