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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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Diocese of Jalpaiguri

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Statistics

Catholic Population

  • Baptized Catholics 147,948
  • Non-Christians 6,626,045

Diocesan and Religious Priests

  • Diocesan priests 67
  • Religious priests 34

Religious Brothers, Sisters

  • Religious Brothers 18
  • Religious Sisters 307

Lay Missionaries, Catechists

  • Lay missionaries
  • Catechists 139

Seminaries, Houses of Formation

  • Seminaries 1
  • Houses of Formation 10

Ecclesiastical Units

  • Parishes 30
  • Sub-parishes/centers 4

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