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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 Vellore

Bishop Soundaraj Periyanayagam
Bishop  Soundaraj Periyanayagam
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Bishop Soundaraj Periyanayagam
Bishop's House, 34, Officer's Line, Vellore-632001 Tamil Nadu, India
(91) 0416-232 570
Fax :(91) 0416-226 977
[email protected], [email protected]

Salesian Bishop Soundaraj Periyanayagam was born on June 6, 1949, in Periya Kolappalur. He was ordained a priest on June 25, 1983, and appointed the sixth Bishop of Vellore on July 11, 2006. His installation and ordination as bishop took place on Aug. 24, 2006. He was the director of a boys' home run by the Salesians in Katpadi, Tamil Nadu, when he was announced the new bishop of the diocese.
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