9 Aug: India’s First Christians
Quilon, in present-day Kerala, became India’s first diocese on 9th August, 1329. In response to Marco Polo’s accounts about an extant Christian community there, Pope John XXII had dispatched missionary Jordan Catalani to oversee the region.
According to local legend, St. Thomas the apostle reached India around A.D. 50, where he established several churches. The story is not implausible, since the area enjoyed a long history of Middle Eastern migrations, due to its ideal conditions for spice trading.
In this episode, Arion, Rebecca and Olly explore why Westerners were perplexed by the disparate practices of the Quilons; discover what NOT to say when you’re deposed by a medieval Muslim ruler; and uncover ‘the Goa Inquisition’…
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