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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Archdiocese of Tellicherry

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Archbishop George Njaralakatt
Archbishop Njaralakatt
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Archbishop George Njaralakatt
The Archbishop's House,
Tellicherry-670 101,
Kannur, Kerala, India

Phone: 0490 234-2440
Fax :+91 490 2341412
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Bishop Mar George Njaralakatt was born on June 23, 1946, at Kalayanthany, Thodupuzha, in the eparchy of Kothamangalam. In 1960, his family migrated to Malabar and settled in Nadavayal, Wayanad. He had obtained BA degree from Mysore University.

He had his Minor Seminary formation in St. Joseph's Minor Seminary Thalasserry, from 1963 to 1965, philosophy and theology studies at St. Joseph’s Pontifical Seminary, Alwaye, from 1965-1972. He was ordained priest on Dec. 20, 1971, at Thalassery by Mar Sebastian Valloppilly. He had his higher studies at Pontifical Salesian University in Rome (from Sept 1983 to December 1986) and obtained licentiate in in October 1986.

After the ordination he was appointed assistant parish priest at Kanichar in the archieparchy of Tellichery. On Jan. 18, 2010, he was appointed the bishop of the newly erected diocese of Mandya, in Karnataka and was consecrated on April 7, 2010, at Infant Jesus Cathedral Church at Hinkal, Mysore, and took charge of his office on the same day.

On Aug. 29, 2014, Pope Francis appointed Bishop Njaralakatt as the archbishop of Tellicherry. He took over from Archbishop George Valiamattam, who had resigned, having reached the retirement age of 75.

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