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 Udupi

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Bishop Gerald Isaac Lobo
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Bishop Gerald Isaac Lobo
Bishop’s House
Church Road
Udupi - 576 101
Udupi District
Karnataka, India

Phone: + 91-820-2530392 (P), + 91-820-2531908 (O)
Email: [email protected]

Bishop Gerald Isaac Lobo was born on Nov. 12, 1949 in Agrar, Mangalore, and was ordained priest of the diocese of Mangalore on May 5, 1977. After serving the mother diocese of Mangalore as an assistant parish priest and parish priest he guided the social development in Mangalore diocese as the director of Canara Organization for Development and Peace. After serving as the episcopal vicar of Kasaragod deanery of Mangalore he was appointed as the bishop of Shimoga diocese on Jan. 17, 2000. He was ordained bishop of Shimoga by Archbishop Ignatius Pinto on March 20, 2000. After leading the diocese of Shimoga for 12 years he was appointed as the first bishop of Udupi on July 16, 2012. He was installed on Oct. 15, 2012 by Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio, the Apostolic Nuncio to India. He was instrumental in establishing four new parishes, 14 new missions, 91 new sub-missions, 13 nursery schools, 8 primary schools, 9 high schools, 8 pre-university colleges, 2 degree colleges as well as a couple of nursing and training centers.

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