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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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Archdiocese of Ranchi

Cardinal Telesphore Placidus Toppo
Cardinal Telesphore Placidus Toppo
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Cardinal Telesphore Placidus Toppo
Archbishop's House, House, P.B. 5, Dr. Camil Bulcke Path, (Purulia Road), Ranchi - 834001, India
0651 235 0144
Fax : +91 651 2350144
[email protected], [email protected]

Archbishop Telesphore Placidus Cardinal Toppo was born on Oct. 15, 1939 at Jhargaon in Gumla diocese, Jharkhand state in Eastern India and was ordained a priest on May 3, 1969. He was apponited Bishop of Dumka on June 8, 1978 and was ordained a Bishop on Oct. 7, 1978. He became Coadjutor Archbishop of Ranchi on Nov. 8, 1984 and succeeded as Archbishop of Ranchi on Aug. 3, 1985. He was elevated to Cardinal on Oct. 21, 2003.

Other positions he holds in national and international Church offices are Chairman of the Jharkhand Bishops and Major Superiors Forum, Chairman of the Regional Bishops' Council, and Chancellor of the Faculty of Theology, Ranchi, Member of the Bishops Friends of the Focolare Movement, Member of the Pontifical Council for Culture, member of the Pontifical Council for Inter Religious Dialogue, Member of the finance vigilance commission. He was also served as President of Catholic Bishops' conference of India for two-terms.
On 24 Jun 2018, he retired.
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