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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 Bellary

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Statistics

Catholic Population

  • Baptized Catholics 30,718
  • Non-Christians 6,141,571

Diocesan and Religious Priests

  • Diocesan priests 67
  • Religious priests 33

Religious Brothers, Sisters

  • Religious Brothers 40
  • Religious Sisters 253

Lay Missionaries, Catechists

  • Lay missionaries
  • Catechists 7

Seminaries, Houses of Formation

  • Seminaries
  • Houses of Formation 2

Ecclesiastical Units

  • Parishes 47
  • Sub-parishes/centers

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