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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Diocese of Sivagangai

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Religious Congregations, Societies and Institutes

Catholic Educational Institutions

  • College-Students :1,147
  • Colleges :3
  • Post-secondary Schools :17
  • Post-secondary Schools-Students :4,765
  • Pre-Primary Schools :27
  • Pre-Primary Schools-Students :1,810
  • Primary Schools :81
  • Primary Schools-Students :14,050
  • Secondary School-Students :8,678
  • Secondary Schools :20

Catholic Social Welfare

  • Family apostolates :1
  • Homes for the elderly :3
  • Hospitals, clinics, dispensaries :14
  • Hostels for youth :11
  • Orphanages :2
  • Socio-economic centers :6

Major Diocesan Commissions and Organizations

  • Basic Christian Communities
  • Christian Life Commission (Bible, Catechetics, Liturgy )
  • Culture/Communication
  • Dalit Commission
  • Family Commission
  • Labour Commission
  • Sivagangai Social Service Centre (SMSSS)
  • Vianney Pastoral Centre
  • Youth Commission

Other Church Organizations and Associations

  • Amala Anani Amaithiyagam - run by Congregation of the Immaculate Conception Sisters
  • Christian Life Community
  • Christian Renewal Movement of India
  • Christian Workers Movement
  • Evangelization and Retreat Centre Arul Chandru Nilyam - run by Sacred Heart Brothers
  • Holy Childhood
  • Kolping Society
  • Legion of Mary
  • St. Francis Anbagam - run by Capuchin Franciscans
  • St. Vincent De Paul Society

Social Communications

  • Magazine :Anandha Gangai Thuthu
  • Social Communications Center :Father Arputha Arasu

    Address: Ananda Gangai Communication/Cultural Centre, Vianney Pastoral Centre, Madurai Road, Sivagangai-630 561, India

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