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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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Statistics

Catholic Population

  • Baptized Catholics 76,072
  • Non-Christians 23,597,010

Diocesan and Religious Priests

  • Diocesan priests 44
  • Religious priests 63

Religious Brothers, Sisters

  • Religious Brothers 72
  • Religious Sisters 341

Lay Missionaries, Catechists

  • Lay missionaries 20
  • Catechists 95

Seminaries, Houses of Formation

  • Seminaries 4
  • Houses of Formation 22

Ecclesiastical Units

  • Parishes 19
  • Sub-parishes/centers 13

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