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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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Activities and Organizations

Religious Institutes of Men

  • Benedictine Monks, Order of St. Benedict :
    OSB
  • Brothers of Charity :
    FC
  • Congregation of the Missions (Vincentians):
    CM
  • De La Salle Brothers :
    FSC
  • Norbertine Fathers/Order of Premonstratensian :
    OPraem
  • Oblates of Mary Immaculate:
    OMI
  • Order of Discalced Carmelites:
    OCD
  • Order of Friar Minor Capuchins :
    OFM, Cap
  • Order of Servants of Mary :
    OSM
  • Sacred Heart Brothers:
    SHJ
  • Salesians of Don Bosco:
    SDB
  • Society of Jesus :
    SJ

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Apostolic Carmel:
    AC
  • Carmelite Sisters of St. Teresa :
    CSST
  • Congregation of the Immaculate Conception :
    CIC
  • Daughter of Mary Help of Christians:
    FMA
  • Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul:
    DC
  • Franciscan Sisters of our Lady of Bon Secours:
    FBS
  • Franciscan Sisters of St. Aloysius Gonzaga:
    FSAG
  • Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph:
    FSJ
  • Franciscan Sisters of St. Mary of the Angels:
    SMA
  • Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary:
    FIHM
  • Franciscan Sisters of the Presentation of Mary:
    FSPM
  • Holy Family Sisters of Bordeaux:
    HFB
  • Missionary Sisters, Servants of Holy Spirit:
    SSpS
  • Order of Discalced Carmelites:
    OCD
  • Salesian Missionaries of Mary Immaculate :
    SMMI
  • Servants of Mary, Mother of Sorrows:
    OSM
  • Seva Missionary Sisters of Mary:
    SMSM
  • Sisters of Mercy of the Holy Cross:
    SCSC
  • Sisters of St Anne (Bangalore):
    SAT
  • Sisters of St Anne of Tiruchirapalli :
    SAT
  • Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny:
    SJC
  • Sisters of St. Joseph of Lyons:
    SJL
  • Sisters of St. Joseph of Tarbes:
    SJT
  • Sisters of the Cross of Chavanod:
    SCC
  • Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus:
    SSHJ
  • Society of Daughters of Mary Immaculate :
    DMI
  • Society of the Sisters of St. Anne (Madras):
    SSA
  • The Congregation of the Daughters of St. Mary of Leuca:
    DML
  • Ursuline Sisters of Somasca :
    USS

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