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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 Jalandhar

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Apostolic Administrator Agnelo Rufino Gracias
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Apostolic Administrator Agnelo Rufino Gracias
Bishop's House,
Civil Lines, Jalandhar City
144001, Punjab, India

Phone: (0181)2223.987
Fax :4635.701
Email: [email protected]

Bishop Agnelo Gracias was born in Mombasa, Kenya, Africa, on July 30, 1939. After finishing his priestly studies through the diocesan seminary, Parel and St Pius X College, Goregaon, he was ordained priest on Dec. 21, 1962. After serving as an assistant at Holy Name Cathedral from June 1, 1963 to May 31, 1971, he was deputed to Rome for further studies - Upon his return, he joined the St Pius X College as professor and spiritual director on June 1, 1975. On June 1, 1985, he was appointed rector of St Pius X College and held the position till May 31, 1993. He was appointed auxiliary bishop of Bombay on March 13, 2001, and was ordained on April 21, 2001. On Feb. 28, 2002 he was elected chairman, CBCI Family Commission, Jalandar. He became archdiocesan consulter on Aug 1, 2007. In September 2018, Bishop Agnelo was appointed Apostolic Administrator of Jalandhar diocese.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Bishop Symphorian Thomas Keeprath, O.F.M. Cap. (1971 - 2007)
  • Msgr. Alban of Blackburn, O.F.M. Cap. (1952 - 1971)

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