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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Religious Congregations, Societies and Institutes

Religious Institutes of Men

  • Brothers of the Christian Schools (De La Salle Brothers) :SFC
  • Carmelites :O Carm
  • Claretian Missionaries (Claretians) :CMF
  • Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales :MSFS / Fransalians
  • Salesians of Don Bosco (Salesians) :SDB
  • Society of Jesus :SJ

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Apostolic Carmel :AC
  • Bethany Sisters :BS
  • Congregation of Teresian Carmelites :CTC
  • Daughters of St Anne (Calcutta) :DSA
  • Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Loreto) :IBVM
  • Missionaries of Charity :MC
  • Servite Sisters :SM
  • Sisters of Charity of Jesus and Mary :SCJM
  • Sisters of Charity of Sts Bartolomea Capitanio and Vincenza Gerosa (Bambina) :SCCG
  • Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny :CJC
  • Sisters of the Sacred Heart (Patna) :SHS

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