According to the legend the Christian religion was brought to India by the Apostle Thomas. He was supposed to be the first one to found a Christian church in the south of India. It is called the Syrian Church as the service is lead in the Syrian language. The Bible used for the public sermon is also read aloud in Syrian.
In the sixteenth century the invaders from Portugal began the forceful converting the Hindu to the Christian religion. This painful process lasted for almost the whole century under the control of papacy. From the beginning of the eighteenth century the missionary activity starts to develop with the help of the volunteer activists from the USA and western Europe. Today there are more than 20 million Christians living in India. These figures include the votarists of various Christian denominations: Roman Catholicism, Protestantism and Orthodoxy.