Christianity is one of the prominent religions in India. At present there are about 25 million Christians in India. It is interesting to note that the Christian population in India is more than the entire population of Australia and New Zealand or total population of a number of countries in Europe. Kerala, Goa and Mizoram states have high concentration of Christian population in India. Kerala has the largest number of Christians among the states. Christians including Catholics, Orthodox and Protestants form the third largest group in India.
About 73% of the Christians in India are Catholics. The Catholic Church
in India is composed of three individual Churches- Latin, Malabar and
Malankara. Christian community includes Syrian Christians, Knanaya
Christians, Goan Christians, Tamil Christians, Anglo-Indians, Naga
Christians etc. All these Christian communities differ in language,
social customs and economic status. It is not surprising that Christians
in India occupy high positions like cabinet ministers, governors, high
court judges, University vice-chancellors, bureaucrats etc.
St. Thomas, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ, came to India
in 52 A.D. and landed at Kodungallur on the Malabar Coast. He preached
the Gospel to the Brahmin families of Kerala. St. Thomas established
seven Churches at: Kodungallur, Kottakkavu, Palayur, Kollam,
Kokkamangalam, Niranam and Chayil. St. Thomas came to India when many
European countries had not yet become Christian and so those Indians who
trace their Christianity to him have a longer history and a higher
ancestry than that of Christians of many of the European countries."