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?

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Apostolic Prefecture of Ulaanbaatar

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Apostolic Prefect Giorgio Marengo
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Apostolic Prefect Giorgio Marengo
P.O. Box 694,
Bayanzurkh District,
13th Micro-district,
Ulaan-Baatar, Mongolia

Phone: (11)458825; 452575
Fax :458027

Pope Francis appointed Italian Consolata Missionary Father Giorgio Marengo as the head of the Apostolic Prefecture of Ulaanbaatar on April 2, 2020.

Father Giorgio Marengo was born on 7 June 1974 in Cuneo, Italy.

He studied philosophy at the Theological Faculty of Northern Italy (1993-1995 ) and did his theological studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University of Rome (1995-1998).

He took religious vows as a member of the Consolata Missionaries, officially known by the Latin name, “Institutum Missionum a Consolata” (IMC) on 24 June 2000.

He was ordained a priest on 26 May 2001.

For six year from 2000 he continued his studies at Pontifical Urban University and secured a licentiate and a doctorate in missiology.

Since his priestly ordination, he has carried out his pastoral ministry in Mongolia, in

He was assigned to the mission in Mongolia in 2003, making him the first IMC missionary in young missionary Church in Asia.

In 2016 he was appointed as the regional counsellor for Asia, superior for Mongolia and parish priest of the parish of Mary Mother of Mercy in Arvaiheer.

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