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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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Religious Congregations, Societies and Institutes

Religious Institutes of Men

  • Divine Word Society : SVD
  • Hospitaller Brothers of St. John of God : OH
  • Indian Missionary Society : IMS
  • Montfort Brothers of St. Gabriel : SG
  • Society of the Catholic Apostolate : SAC

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Carmelite Missionary Sisters : CMS
  • Congregation of Mother of Carmel : CMC
  • Congregation of St. Joseph of St. Mac : SJSM
  • Congregation of the Sisters of St. Anne of Thiruchirapally : SAT
  • Dominican Sisters of Presentation :OP
  • Don Bosco Secular Institute (The Disciples) : DBSI
  • Franciscan Clarist Congregation : FCC
  • Franciscan Sisters of Immaculate : FSI
  • Franciscan Sisters of Sacred Heart : FSSH
  • Franciscan Sisters of St. Mary of the Angels : FSMA
  • Franciscan Sisters of the Presentation of Mary : FSPM
  • Medical Mission Sisters : MMS
  • Missionaries of Charity : MC
  • Salesian Missionaries of Mary Immaculate : SMMI
  • Sant Joseph Sevika Sanstha :SJS
  • Servants of the Holy Spirit : SSpS
  • Sisters of Our lady of Fatima : FS
  • Sisters of Our Lady of the Garden : OLG
  • Sisters of Poor Handmaids of Jesus : PHJC
  • Sisters of St. Joseph of Chambery : CSSJ
  • Sisters of the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament :SABS
  • Sisters of the Little Flower of Bethany : BS
  • Sisters of the Little Flower of Child Jesus :LFS
  • Sisters of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary : SVM

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