The history of the Catholic Church in India is very extensive. It traces its origin in the preaching of the Apostle St. Thomas, who, according to tradition, came to India in 52 A.D. Indian Christians commonly trace their origins to the Apostle Thomas, who is said to have built seven churches in southern India, and was martyred in a place called Mylapore near the present town of Chennai (Madras), where his tomb is found, in 72 AD.

From various records of travelers we know the existence of isolated Christian communities in India already in the year 345 (Travancore). Waves of European missionaries, beginning under Portuguese rule in the 16th century, shaped the dynamics of Indian Catholicism today. Portuguese Catholicism particularly shaped Catholic life in Goa, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and parts of Karnataka. More…

The Indian Church is a communion of three individual Churches: 

Latin, Syro-Malabar and Syro-Malankara.


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