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In Kerala, two factions of an ancient church are locked in a fresh battle to control a historic seminary. One group forcefully offered prayers in the church on Friday, sparking tension.

God's Own Country Kerala is seeing protests by the two factions, which has led to a bitter power struggle. It is dividing a community which traces its roots to the first Christian to set foot in India.

The Jacobite and Orthodox factions of the Syrian Malankara Church are fighting to control the Thrikunnath seminary at Aluva in central Kerala.

Could anyone explain or replace the emboldened sentence to me?
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It is causing discord or disharmony in a community whose history goes back to the first Christianthat came to India.
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Thank you Mister Micawber.
Mister MicawberIt is causing discord or disharmony in a community whose history goes back to the first Christianthat came to India.

I don't know what you mean "whose history goes back to the first..........."?
The community's history begins with the first....