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 Ambikapur

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Bishop Patras Minj
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Bishop Patras Minj
Bishop's House,
Funduldihari - 497110,
Ambikapur, Chhattisgarh, India

Phone: (91) 7774-231032; (91) 7774-230063; mobile: (91) 98261-46001
Fax :(91) 7774-223973
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Bishop Patras Minj, SJ, was born on Dec. 23, 1944, in Raigarh-Ambikapur diocese. He was ordained priest for the diocese on April 30, 1977, and was appointed bishop of Ambikapur on Aug. 14, 1996, after Raigarh and Ambikapur had become separate dioceses. His episcopal ordination took place on Oct. 18 that year. Prior to that, Bishop Minj served as head of the Jesuits' Madhya Pradesh Province.

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