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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 Bhagalpur

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Bishop Kurien Valiakandathil
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Bishop Kurien Valiakandathil
Chancery Office,
Nawab Colony, P.B. No.61,
Bhagalpur Bihar - 812 001- India

Phone: 09431214785; 09801024352; +91 641 2400878 (o); +91 641 22301281 (p)
Fax :+91 641 2301281
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Bishop Kurien Valiakandathil was born on Nov. 18, 1952, in the Elanjhi parish of Pala Diocese, Kerala state. He was ordained a priest on Oct. 28, 1977, and served as a parish priest for 12 years as well as Professor and Spiritual director at St. John's Regional Seminary before being appointed Bishop of Bhagalpur on Jan. 1, 2007. His episcopal ordination followed on February 27 that year. Prior to this he also was headmaster of St. John Britto High School in Mahesmunda from 1986 to 1997.

Previous Ordinaries:

  • Bishop Thomas Khozimala (1996 - 2005)
  • Bishop George Victor Saupin, S.J. (1987 - 1993)
  • Bishop Urban Eugene McGarry, T.O.R (1965 - 1987)

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