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

  • Claretian Missionaries : CMF
  • Congregation of the Mission : CM
  • Congregation of the Rosarians : CR
  • Foyer de Charite : FC
  • Gunanelians
  • Heralds of Good News : HGN
  • Holy Spirit Fathers : ALCP
  • Missionaries of Faith : MF
  • Missionaries of St. Francis De Sales : MSFS
  • Order of Discalced Carmelites : OCD
  • Order of Friars Minor (Capuchins) :OFM Cap
  • Order of St. Benedict :OSB
  • Order of St. Camillus : OSC
  • Pontifical Institute for the Foreign Missions : PIME
  • Priests of the Sacred Heart of Jesus : SCJ
  • Salesians of Don Bosco : SDB
  • Society of Jesus : SJ
  • Society of St. Paul : SSP
  • Society of the Catholic Apostolate : SAC
  • Third Order Regular of St. Francis : TOP
  • Vincentian Congregation : VC

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Andhra Little Sisters of Christ :LSC
  • Assisi Sisters of Mary Immaculate : ASMI
  • Augustinian Sisters (Order of St. Augustine) : OSA
  • Carmelite Missionaries : CM
  • Catechist Sisters of St. Ann : CSA
  • Congregation of the Mother of Carmel :CMC
  • Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent De Paul : DC
  • Daughters of Presentation of Mary in the Temple : DPM
  • Daughters of St. Camillus : DSC
  • Daughters of St. Francis De Sales : DSFS
  • Franciscan Clarist. Congregation : FCC
  • Franciscan Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart : FMSC
  • Franciscan Sisters of Immaculate Heart of Mary Pondicherry : FIHM
  • Franciscan Sisters of Immaculate Heart of Mary Quilon : FIH
  • Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph : FSJ
  • Franciscan Sisters of the Presentation of Mary : FSPM
  • Holy Family Sisters of Bordeaux : HFB
  • Hospitaller Sisters of Mercy : HSM
  • Little Apostles of Redemption : LAR
  • Maestro Pie Filippine : MPF
  • Maestro Pie Venerini :MPV
  • Miles Jesu Sisters : MJ
  • Missionaries of Charity : MC
  • Missionary Sisters of Immaculate : MSI
  • Missionary Sisters of Mary Help of Christians : MSMHC
  • Missionary Sisters of Mary Immaculate : MSMI
  • Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration : PCPA
  • Sisters of Good News : SGN
  • Sisters of Mary Immaculate : SMI
  • Sisters of St. Ann of Providence : SA
  • Sisters of St. Anne (Guntur) : CSSA
  • Sisters of St. Joseph of Annecy : SJA
  • Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny : SJC
  • Sisters of St. Joseph of St. Mark : SJSM
  • Sisters of the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament : SABS
  • Sisters of the Congregation of St. Aloysius : OSL
  • Sisters of the Destitute : SD
  • Sisters of the Holy Cross, Mezigen : HC
  • Sisters of the Little Flower of Bethany : BS
  • Society of Jesus, Mary and Joseph : JMJ
  • Society of the Sisters of St. Ann, Luzern : SAS

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