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 Institutes of Men - Brothers

  • Brothers of Charity : F.C.
  • Franciscan Missionary Brothers : C.M.S.F.
  • Marianists, Society of Mary :S.M.
  • Missionaries of Charity : M.C.
  • Montfort Brothers of St. Gabriel :S.G.

Religious Institutes of Men - Priests

  • Carmelite Fathers : O.C.D.
  • Christian Doctrine Fathers : C.D.F.
  • Claretian Missionaries
  • Indian Missionary Society : I.M.S.
  • Pallotine Fathers, The society of the Catholic Apostolate : SAC
  • Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions : P.I.M.E.
  • Society of Don Bosco : S.D.B.
  • Society of Jesus : S.J.
  • Society of Pilar : S.F.X.
  • Society of St. Paul :S.S.P.
  • The Third Order of Friars Minor Capuchins : O.F.M. Cap
  • Third Order Regular of St. Francis Asisi : T.O.R.

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Adorers of the Blood of Christ :A.S.C.
  • Apostolic Carmel : A.C.
  • Carmelite Missionaries : C.M.
  • Carmelite Sisters of St. Teresa : C.S.S.T
  • Clarissan Missionaries of the Blessed Sacrament : C.M.B.S.
  • Congregation of Samaritan Sisters : C.S.S.
  • Congregation of Terecian Carmelites : C.T.C.
  • Congregation of the Holy Family : C.H.F.
  • Congregation of the Mother of Carmel : C.M.C.
  • Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent De Paul : D.C.
  • Daughters of Mary Immaculate (Marianist Sisters) : DMI
  • Daughters of St. Anne, Ranchi :D.S.A.
  • Disciples of Jesus : D.J.
  • Franciscan Claret Congregation : F.C.C.
  • Franciscan Missionaries of Mary : F.M.M.
  • Institute of Clarist Franciscan Missionaries of the Most Blessed Sacrament : C.F.M.S.S
  • Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Loreto Sisters) : I.B.V.M.
  • Medical Sisters of Third Order Regular of St. Frances of Assisi :O.S.F.
  • Missionaries of Charity : M.C.
  • Missionary Sisters of Jesus the Eternal Priest : M.G.E.S.
  • Missionary Sisters of Mary Help of Christians : M.S.M.H.C.
  • Missionary Sisters of Queen of Apostles : S.R.A.
  • Oblate Di Nazareth : O.D.N.
  • Oblate Di San Luigi : O.S.L.
  • Oblates Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary :O.I.H.M.
  • Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ : P.H.J.C
  • Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco : F.M.A.
  • Sisters of Charity of Jesus and Mary : S.C.J.M.
  • Sisters of Charity of Nazareth : S.C.N
  • Sisters of Charity of Saints Bartolomea Capitanio and Vincenza Gerosa :S.C.C.G.
  • Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent De Paul :S.C.V.
  • Sisters of Mary Immaculate : S.M.I.
  • Sisters of Mercy of the Holy Cross : S.C.S.C.
  • Sisters of Ministers of the Sick of St. Camillus (Camillian Sisters) : C.S.
  • Sisters of Notre Dame : S.N.D.
  • Sisters of Sacred Heart :S.S.H.
  • Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo : S.C.B.
  • Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny : S.J.C.
  • Sisters of St. Joseph of the Apparition : S.J.A.
  • Sisters of the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament : S.A.B.S.
  • Sisters of the Little Flower of Bethany : B.S
  • Society of Catholic Medical Medical Missionaries : S.C.M.M.
  • Society of Jesus, Mary and Joseph :J.M.J.
  • Ursuline Sistes of Tildonk : O.S.U.

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