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 Khandwa

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Bishop Alangaram Arokia Sebastian Durairaj
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Bishop Alangaram Arokia Sebastian Durairaj
Bishop's House,
Khandwa 450 001
Madhya Pradesh, India

Phone: +91 733 2222935 (O), 2223603 (P)
Fax :+91 733 2224038
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Bishop Alangaram Arokia Sebastian Durairaj, SVD, was born on May 3, 1957, at Thirunagar in the diocese of Madurai in Tamil Nadu. After attending elementary school in the hometown and in Madurai, he joined St. Charles Seminary in Tiruchirapalli for the Society of the Divine Word in 1971. He completed his pre-university course while he was in St. Charles Seminary. He was ordained priest on May 8, 1985, at Thirunagar, Madurai. Thereafter, he served at Meghanagar (Jhabua) and was co-pastor at Jhabua (1985-1987). He also served as the procurator of SVD Vidhya Bhavan, Bhopal (1987-1988) In 2005, he was elected provincial superior of SVD central Indian province and was re-elected in 2008. He has been appointed bishop of Khandwa diocese by Pope Benedict XVI on May 11, 2009, and was ordained on July 16, 2009.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Archbishop Leo Cornelio SVD (1999-2007)
  • Archbishop Abraham Viruthakulangara (1977-1998)

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