4th Centenary Celebrations of the Catholic Church in Chennai

Mylapore Times, this week reported on an important milestone for the catholic community in Chennai, its 4th century celebrations. the paper reports that the diocese of Mylapore was the third to be formed, after the ones in Kochi and Goa, 4 centuries ago. The jurisdiction of this diocese extended to areas like Burma in its early days, but later the area was shrunk to Madras and its surburbs once the Catholic Church’s presence in South East Asia increased considerably the area under the diocese reduced considerably to include just Madras and its suburbs.

Today Archbishop Dr. A.M Chinnappa manages this diocese with the support of his auxiliary, Bishop Dr. Lawrence Pius. The fourth centenary celebrations have been scheduled to coincide with the annual feast of Saint Thomas, apostle of Jesus who is believed to have preached and worked on the Coromandel Coast and is officially, the saind of India. the week long religious celebrations will being on June 23rd and on July 2nd.

Mylapore has two of Chennai’s oldest churches, one is at Santhome, which was recently renovated and restored to its former glory. The other church being the much older Luz Church, which was built sometime round 1519 if I’m not wrong and is the oldest church in Chennai.

2 Comments so far

  1. Anand (unregistered) on June 19th, 2006 @ 10:23 am

    The Myth of St.Thomas:

    1. The Apostle Never came to India (Only if Jesus had existed, he would have had apostles).

    2. Only an ordinary trader by name Thomas came to India.

    3. The San Thome Church (in Mylapore, Chennai) was the original Hindu kabaleeshwarar temple!

    4. Chinna Malai (in Saidapet, Chennai) was originally a Hindu-Subramanya Murugar temple!

    5. St.Thomas Mount (Parangimalai, Chennai) was also originally a Hindu-Subramanya Murugar temple!
    Pls. visit : hamsa.org

  2. Anand (unregistered) on June 19th, 2006 @ 10:54 am

    Is this the same sort of gang that say the Taj mahal was a shiva temple?… give me a break guys. Why are you so insecure as to want to usurp another person’s mythology?

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