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Explore the Oldest Dioceses in South Asia

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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Diocese of Allahabad

Bishop Raphy Manjaly
Bishop Raphy Manjaly
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Bishop Raphy Manjaly
Bishop's House, 32 Thornhill Road, Allahabad-211002, U.P., India
(0532)2407451, 2408370, 7376838528
[email protected], [email protected]

Bishop Raphy Manjaly was born on Feb. 7, 1958. He was ordained priest on May 11, 1983, and appointed bishop of Varanasi on April 30, 2007. He succeeded Bishop Patrick D'Souza. On Oct. 17, 2013, Pope Francis appointed him as the bishop of Allahabad.
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