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

  • Carmelites of Mary Immaculate :C.M.I.
  • Congregation of Missionary Brothers of St Francis of Assisi :CMSF
  • Congregation of St. Therese :CST
  • Congregations of the Rosarians :CR
  • Franciscan Order of Friars Minor Conventual :O.F.M.Conv.
  • Malabar Missionary Brothers :M.M.B.
  • Order of Friars Minor :Capuchin
  • Salesians of Don Bosco :S.D.B.
  • The Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette :MS
  • The order of the Discalced Carmelites :O.C.D.
  • Vincentian Congregation :V.C.

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Assisi Sisters of Mary Immaculate :ASMI
  • Benedictine Sisters of Lioba :OSB
  • Congregation of St. Martha :C.S.M.
  • Congregation of the Holy Family :CHF
  • Congregation of the Mother of Carmel :C.M.C.
  • Congregation of the Sisters of Charity :C.S.C.
  • Congregation of the Sisters of Nazareth :C.S.N.
  • Daughters of Charity of St.Vincent De Paul :SCV
  • Dominican Sisters of Presentation :OP
  • Franciscan Clarist Congregation :FCC
  • Franciscan Handmaids of the Good Shepherd :FHGS
  • Medical Sisters of St. Joseph :MSJ
  • Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate :MSMI
  • Samaritan Sisters :S.S.
  • Schoenstatt Secular Institute, Maria Bhavan
  • Secular Institute of Schoenstatt sisters of Mary :ISSM
  • Sisters of Our Lady of Fathima :FS
  • Sisters of the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament :S.A.B.S.
  • Sisters of the Cross of Chavanad :SCC
  • Sisters of the Destitute :SD
  • Sisters of the Mercy of the Holy Cross :SOLM
  • Society of Nirmala Dasikal :S.N.D.
  • St. Annes of Bangalore :SAB

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