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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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Diocese of Cuddapah

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Apostolic Administrator Bali Gali
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Apostolic Administrator Bali Gali
Bishop's House,
Mariapuram, Kadapa
516003, A.P., India

Phone: (08562)241.148, 200.696, 9010233047
Fax :249.534
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Bishop Gali Bali was born on April 29, 1939, in Patibanda, Guntur district. He was ordained priest on Dec. 19, 1964, and appointed bishop of Guntur on July 2, 1984. His episcopal ordination was on Oct. 23, 1984. Bishop Bali was a professor of sacred Scriptures in St John's Regional Seminary, Hyderabad, before his appointment as the diocesan prelate. He is also now chairman of Andhra Pradesh Bishops' Council's Commission for Ecumenism and Dialogue and also chairman of the Commission for Ecumenism and Dialogue of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India.

Bishop Gali retired on Jun 25, 2016. On Dec 10, 2018, he was appointed apostolic administrator of Cuddapah.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Bishop Prasad Gallela (31 Jan 2008 Appointed - 10 Dec 2018 Resigned)
  • Bishop Moses Doraboina Prakasam (2002-2007)
  • Bishop Mallavarapu Prakash (1998-2002)
  • Bishop S A Arulaiah (1977-1998)

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