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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 Sambalpur

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Bishop Niranjan Sual Singh
Bishop Sual Singh
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Bishop Niranjan Sual Singh
Bishop's House,
Ainthapali, Sambalpur
768004, Orissa, India

Phone: 0663 2541 656
Fax :2541.656
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

The Holy See appointed Father Niranjan Sual Singh of the clergy of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar as bishop of Sambalpur on July 26, 2013. The bishop was born in Kottama in 1961 and was ordained priest in 1991. He holds a doctorate in theology from the Pontifical Urban University in Rome, and has served in a number of pastoral roles, including parish assistant in Raikia, Modasoro and Balliguda, professor at the Khristo Jyoti Mohavidyaloyo Regional Theologate of Sason and moderator of seminarians in the archdiocese of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar. He succeeded Bishop Lukas Kerketta, S.V.D., whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same diocese the Holy Father accepted, upon having reached the age limit.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Bishop Lucas Kerketta (1986-2013)
  • Raphael Cheenath, S.V.D (1974-1985)
  • Divine Word Bishop Herman Westermann (1951-1974)
  • Divine Word Bishop Herman Westermann (1951-1974)

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