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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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Apostolic Vicariate of Nepal

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Activities and Organizations

Catholic Educational Institutions

  • Colleges:
    1
  • Day Care Centres:
    3
  • High Schools:
    16
  • Intermediate Colleges:
    2
  • Pre-School Programs:
    21
  • Primary Schools:
    21

Catholic Social Welfare

  • Centers for mentally-challenged children:
    3
  • Homes for the poor:
    3
  • Hostels for children:
    10
  • Literacy programs (in villages):
    10
  • Rehabilitation center:
    4
  • Vocational training centers:
    2

Major Diocesan Commissions and Organizations

  • Catechetics:
    Rai Bhimsen
  • Communications and Media:
    Satyal Chirendra
  • Dialogue and Ecumenism:
    Father Robins William, S.J./Satyal Chirendra
  • Education:
    Father Maniyar Lawrence, S.J
  • Holy Childhood:
    Father D'Souza Denis
  • Laity and Family:
    Father Bogati Silas
  • Liturgy:
    Father Locke John, S.J.
  • Pastoral Work:
    Father Rai Ignatius
  • Religious:
    Father Robins William, S.J.
  • Social Work:
    Father Bogati Silas
  • Vocation and Formation:
    Father Perumana Pius
  • Youth Apostolate:
    Father Pulickal Augusty, SDB

Other Church Organizations and Associations

  • Caritas Nepal:
    President: Bishop-elect Sharma Anthony Francis S.J.
    Director: Father Bogati Silas
    Address: Caritas Nepal, GPO Box No. 9571, Kathmandu - Nepal
    Phone: (977) 1-553.8172 / 553.9344
    Fax: (977) 1-553.8484
    Email: [email protected]
  • Catechetics:
    Director: Rai Bhimsen
    Address: Catechetical Centre, c/o Assumption Church, GPO Box 8975, EPC-1099, Kathmandu-Nepal
    Phone: (977) 1-555.0937
    Fax: (977) 1-552-1710
    Email: [email protected]
  • Catholic Media Centre:
    Secretary: Satyal Chirendra
    Address: c/o Assumption Church, GPO Box No. 8975, EPC-1099, Kathmandu - Nepal
    Phone: (977) 1-555.0937
    Fax: (977) 1-552.1710
    Email: [email protected]
  • Conference of Religious of Nepal:
    Secretary: Father Father Robins William, S.J.
    Address: CRN National Secretary, St. Xavier's S.S. Centres, GPO Box 3450, Kathmandu - Nepal
    Email: [email protected]
  • Couples For Christ:
    Chaplain: Father Bogati Silas
    Unit Head Couple for Nepal: Rai Gyan Prakash, Mrs. Rai Sujata
    Address: GPO Box 8975, EPC - 895, Kathmandu - Nepal
    Email: [email protected] Phone: (977) 1- 555.0357
  • Deep Shrinkala (Nepal Catholic Women:
    Chaplain: Father Lepcha Justin
    President: Rai Flora
    Address: Assumption Church, GPO Box 8975, EPC-1099, Kathmandu - Nepal
  • Eucharistic Crusaders (Crus Veer):
    Director: Sr. Ranger Veronica
    Address: c/o Assumption Church, Dhobighat - Kathmandu
  • Nepal Catholic Society:
    Patron: Bishop-elect Sharma Anthony Francis, S.J.
    President: Gurung Binod
    Address: Nepal Catholic Samaj, GPO Box No. 9585, Kathmandu - Nepal
  • Nepal Catholic Youth Movement:
    Chaplain (National): Father Pulickal Augusty, SDB
    Kathmandu Valley in-charge: Father Lakra Martin, SDB
    Address: NCYM Office, Assumption Church, GPO Box 8975, EPC-1099, Kathmandu - Nepal
    Phone: (977) 1-5526732
    Email: [email protected]
  • St. John Vianney Pastoral Animation Centre:
    Director: Father Perumana Pius
    Address Pastoral Centre, Kitinee, GPO Box No. 8975, EPC-1099, Kathmandu-Nepal
    Phone: (977)1-556.0716/556.0112
    Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Social Communications

  • Catholic Information Centre:
    1

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