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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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Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Pamplany
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Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Pamplany
Archbishop's House,
P.O. Box 70, Thalassery-670101,
Kerala, India

Phone: (0490)234-2440
Fax :234-1412
Email: [email protected]

Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Pamplany was born on Dec. 3, 1969. He belongs to St. Sebastian’s Church, Charal. He joined St. Joseph’s Minor Seminary, Tellicherry, and completed philosophical and theological studies at St. Joseph’s Pontifical Seminary, Alwaye, and was ordained priest on Dec. 30, 1997, by Archbishop George Valiamattam. After ordination he was appointed assistant parish priest at Peravoor, and parish priest at Deepagiri. In 2001, he was sent to Leuven for higher studies in Catholic University, Leuven, and obtained a licentiate and doctorate in biblical theology. In 2006, he was appointed director of the bible apostolate of the archeparchy of Tellicherry. He is also visiting professor at St. Joseph’s Pontifical Seminary, Alwaye, Good Shepherd Major Seminary, Kunnoth and St. Peter’s, Bangalore. The bishop is a well-known theologian, retreat preacher and author of a number of books. At present, he is syncellus of the archeparchy of Tellicherry.

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