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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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Cardinal Francis Xavier Kriengsak Kovithavanij
Cardinal Kovithavanij
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Cardinal Francis Xavier Kriengsak Kovithavanij
Archbishop's House,
51 Soi Oriental, Chareunkrung Road 40,
Bangrak, Bangkok 10500


Phone: (66) 2-238-8712, (66) 2-233-7441, (66) 2-233-8420, (66) 2-234-1774
Fax :(66) 2-237-1033
Email: [email protected]

Cardinal Francis Xavier Kriengsak Kovithavanij was born on June 27, 1949, in Bang Rak, Bangkok. He was ordained a priest on July 11, 1976. Pope Benedict XVI appointed him bishop of Nakhon Sawan on March 7, 2007. He was ordained Bishop on June 2, 2007.

Pope Francis named him cardinal on Jan. 4, 2015.

From 2003 until his appointment as bishop, he was parish priest of the Assumption Cathedral and secretary of the council of priests of the Archdiocese of Bangkok and was appointed Archbishop of Bangkok on May 14, 2009, His installation took place on Aug. 16, 2009. From 2007-2009, he served as president of the Episcopal Commission for Pastoral Care of the Christians and Catholic Commission for the Liturgy.

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