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 Raigarh

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Bishop Paul Toppo
Bishop Toppo
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Bishop Paul Toppo
Bishop's House,
c/o. St. Michael's Church,
Rambhata, Raigarh - 496001,
Chhattisgarh, India

Phone: (91) 7764-226523, 09424187777
Fax :(91) 7764-226524
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Bishop Paul Toppo was born on June 30, 1957, at Simdega. He was ordained priest on May 24, 1988, at Darupisa for Raigarh diocese, and appointed Bishop of Raigarh on March 23, 2006. His ordination took place on May 24, 2006. Bishop Toppo was the vicar general of Raigarh diocese before succeeding Bishop Victor Kindo, the former diocesan prelate.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Bishop Victor Kindo (1985-2006)
  • Bishop Francis Ekka (1971-1984)
  • Bishop Stanislaus Tigga (1957-1970)
  • Bishop Oscar Severin, S.J (1951-1957 )

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