Did St. Thomas the apostle come to India? Most of the Indian people believe that he came to south India, and spread the good news even before the Roman Catholic Church is formed. However, the church doesn't accept this teaching. What is the truth?

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    It's all tradition and difficult to verify conclusively. See Wikipedia for a summary. – Andrew Leach Oct 22 '13 at 15:13
  • The contact between the Roman Empire and India was extensive (even by sea) and I do not doubt that early Christians went there. Fantastic history. I hope you get lots of answers. – gideon marx Oct 22 '13 at 19:06
  • What do you mean by the church didn't accept that things? – Jayarathina Madharasan Oct 29 '13 at 5:46
  • @JayarathinaMadharasan I think perhaps the OP is talking about controversy about Roman Catholicism in India. When the Portuguese arrived in the 15 hundreds some joined the RC communion while other remained separate. – aceinthehole Nov 11 '13 at 22:32
  • Related question, in case anyone knows the answer: christianity.stackexchange.com/questions/47789/… – Julia Mar 30 '16 at 15:48

Yes Saint Thomas had been to India and there are enough of evidences which seems to substantiate those claims. There are christian communities in South Western India (Kerala State) which trace back their ancestry to conversions that happened during that time.A substantial part of the Christian community in that Indian state has Syrian Christian lineage. It is said that they had come over to India from Syria and Iraq during the early part of Islamic persecution. Some claims are also made about Christians coming there in the First Century along with the Traders along the Spice route. The RC church does not have much history in this part, but grew rapidly among the populace following the Portugese conquest of south India. Demographically a majority of RC population in India, can trace back their lineage to Hindu communities in South India unlike the Syrian Christians who are predominantly of the Orthodox and Marthoma church folds.

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    Any kind of citations would greatly improve this answer. – fгedsbend Aug 2 '17 at 21:55

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