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 Warangal

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Bishop Udumala Bala Showreddy
Bishop Bala Showreddy
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Bishop Udumala Bala Showreddy
Bishop's House, Fatimanagar
Warangal - 506 004
Andhra Pradesh

Phone: 0870-2459128 , 0870-2459332(P)
Fax :0870-2459499
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Bishop Udumala Bala Showreddy was born in Ghanpur in Andhra Pradesh in 1954 and was ordained priest in 1979.

As a priest of Warangal diocese, Bishop Bala has served in several pastoral and administrative roles, most recently as deputy-secretary general of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India (CCBI), Bangalore.

He holds a doctorate in moral theology from Alphonsianum, Rome. He taught moral theology at St. John’s Regional Seminary, Hyderabad, from 1994 to 2006.

The announcement of his appointment as bishop was made public in Rome on April 13, 2013.

This is the first appointment made by Pope Francis after he took over as the head of the Catholic Church on March 13, 2013.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Thumma Bala (1986 - 2011)
  • Alphonsus Beretta, P.I.M.E. (1953 -1985)

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