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Christianity in India:
 

a. Founder of Christianity in India:

St. Thomas
, the Apostle of Jesus Christ, arrived in India in AD 52 at Kodungalloor near Cochin.
Martyred at Periamalai (Big Mount) near Chennai and buried at Mylapore. San Thome Cathedral
is built over St. Thomas Tomb

b. Major Churches in India:
Roman Catholic Church
Syrian Orthodox Church
Jacobite Church
Mar Thoma Church
Church of South India
Church of North India
Methodist Church
Pentecostal Churches
Sacred Heart Cathedral at Delhi
c. Number of Christians in India :
  26,113,000 (percentage:2.4%)
   
   
d.
Catholic Church in India:
 
Apostolic Nuncio:
Most Rev. Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio, represents the Holy See in India and Nepal. Apostolic Nunciature in New Delhi.
 
 
President of the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of India:
(CBCI): His Eminence Oswald Cardinal Gracias, (Archbishop of Bombay)
President of CBCI
CBCI New Delhi
   
Officials of the Church:  
  Cardianals: 2
  Archbishops: 30
  Bishops 164
  Auxiliary Bishops: 13
  Priests: 23,164
 
Ecclesiastical provinces: 30  
  Dioceses: 164
 
Number of Catholics: 19,082,975  

 

Saints & Blessed of India
St. Thomas
the Apostle of India
St. Francis Xaivier
St. John de Britto
St. Alphonsa Muttathupadath
       
Blessed Joseph Vaz
Blessed Kuriakose Elias Chavara
Blessed Mother Theresa
of Kolkata
Blessed MariaTheresa Chiramel

(Sources: Holy Bible, Illustrated Family Encyclopedia and Whiteker’s WORLD OF FACTS, 2007, Catholic Directory of India)

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