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 Antipolo

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Auxiliary Bishop Nolly Camigue Buco
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Auxiliary Bishop Nolly Camigue Buco
Diocesan Curia,
Fairmount Hills Subdivsion,
Daang Bakal Rd., 1870 Antipolo City,
Rizal, Philippines

Phone: (02)584-9534
Fax :584-9520
Email: [email protected]

Pope Francis on 10 July, 2018 appointed Fr. Nolly Buco as auxiliary bishop for the Diocese of Antipolo.

Upon his appointment, the bishop was serving as parish priest of Our Lady of Light Parish in Cainta, Rizal.
Buco, 54, is the first priest elevated to the episcopate and the second auxiliary bishop in the 35-year history of the diocese.

The bishop completed his Philosophy at the Sacred Heart Seminary in Palo, Leyte and his Theology at the Immaculate Conception Major Seminary in Guiguinto, Bulacan. He was ordained priest on October 18, 1993.
In 2004, he completed his Doctorate in Canon Law at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila. Between 2002 and 2003, he attended the PhD program in Anthropology at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City.

A priest 24 years, other posts held by Buco include Judicial Vicar of Antipolo, Rector of the Our of Peace and Good Voyage Seminary and member of the Board of Presbyteral Consultors.

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