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Celebrating the 500th Anniversary of Catholicism in the Philippines

“…500 years have passed since the Christian message first arrived in the Philippines. You received the joy of the Gospel... And this joy is evident in your people … We see it in your eyes, on your faces, in your songs and in your prayers. In the joy with which you bring your faith to other lands …”

~ Pope Francis said in his homily of the Mass at the Vatican on March 14, formally opening the yearlong celebrations marking the 500th anniversary of Catholicism’s arrival in the Philippines.

A country of 7,641 islands at the sea of southeast Asia with a population of 109 million, of which more than 10 million are migrants living in almost 100 countries across the world.

Why the Pope calls Filipinos “smugglers of faith”? What makes the local Church so unique?

What is the Catholic population in the country? How many dioceses, bishops are there?

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Diocese of Berhampur

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Activities and Organizations

Catholic Social Welfare

  • Dispensaries:
    26
  • Homes for elderly:
    6
  • Hospitals:
    2
  • Orphanages:
    3

Major Diocesan Commissions and Organizations

  • Catechetics & Bible :
    Father Simon Elavuthingal
  • Communications:
    Father Ashok Kumar Nayak
  • Developmental Works:
    Father Marshal Mihir Upasi
  • Ecuminism & Dialogue:
    Father Paul Manickathan
  • Education :
    Bimal Chandra Nayak
  • Family & Laity :
    Father Mathew Singh, CM
  • Health :
    Sr. Tresa Kolathupadavil, SABS
  • Holy Childhood :
    Father Thomas Parayil
  • Liturgy :
    Father Sanjeeb Nayak
  • Proclamation :
    Father Chittaranjan Senapati
  • Scheduled Caste & Backward Class:
    Father Vijaya Kumar Nayak, CM
  • Seminarians:
    Father Marshal Mihir Upasi
  • Vocation :
    Father Robindra Swal Singh
  • Women:
    Sr. Rashmi, DC
  • Youth:
    Father Ajit Kumar Nayak

Social Communications

  • Monthly Magazine :
    Divya Prabha (Divine Light)in the Oriya language
  • Social Communication Commission:
    Father Ashok Kumar Nayak

Catholic Educational Institutions

  • Schools in Berhampur diocese:
    34

Other Church Organizations and Associations

  • Children of Mary Association
  • Holy Childhood
  • Mother Association
  • Pontifical Mission Aid Societies
  • Society of Faith Formation
  • St Vincent De Paul Society
  • Women's Desk

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