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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

  • Benedictines : OSB
  • Congregation of the Mission : CM
  • Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer : CSsR
  • Congregation of the Sons of the Immaculate Conception : CFIC
  • Franciscan Third Order Minor : TOR
  • Heralds of Good News : HGN
  • Missionaries of Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary : MSSCC
  • Order of Friars Minor Conventual : OFM Conv.
  • Order of the Discalced Carmelites : DCD
  • Salesians of Don Bosco : SDB
  • Society of the Divine Saviour : SDS
  • Society of the Divine Word : SVD
  • The Carmelites of Mary Immaculate : CMI
  • The Indian Missionary Society : IMS
  • The Little Flower Congregation : CST Fathers
  • The Missionary Congregation of Blessed Sacrament : MCBS
  • The Order of Friars Minor Capuchins : OFM-Cap
  • Vincentian Congregation : VC

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Apostolic Oblates Secular Institute : MSMI
  • Assissi Sisters of Mary Immaculate : ASMI
  • Augustinian Sisters : OSA
  • Clarist Franciscan Missionaries of the Most Blessed Sacrament :CFMSS
  • Congregation of Holy Family : CHF
  • Congregation of Jesus : CJ
  • Congregation of Mother of Carmel : CMC
  • Congregation of Sisters of Charity
  • Congregation of Sisters of Nazareth : CSN
  • Congregation of Sisters of St. Elizabeth : CSSE
  • Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent De Paul :DC
  • Daughters of Mary : DM
  • Daughters of Mary Help of Christians : Salesian Sisters of Don Bosco
  • Daughters of Sacred Heart of Jesus : DSHJ
  • Daughters of St. Joseph : DSJ
  • Daughters of St. Mary of Leuca :DML
  • Daughters of the Presentation of Mary in the Temple : DPM
  • Dominican Sisters of the Holy Trinity : OP
  • Fervent Daughters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus : FDSHJ
  • Franciscan Clarist Congregation : FCC
  • Franciscan Sisters of St. Clare :FSC
  • Franciscan Sisters of St. Elizabeth : FSSE
  • Holy Spirit Congregation : SHSP
  • Hospitaller Sisters of Mercy : HSM
  • Little Servants of the Divine Providence :PSDP
  • Littles Sisters of St. Therese : LST
  • Medical Sisters of St. Joseph : MSJ
  • Missionaries of Jesus : MJ
  • Missionaries of Mary Mediatrix
  • Missionaries of the Little Flower :MLF
  • Missionary Congregation of the Daughters of St. Thomas : DST
  • Missionary Sisters of Mary Help of Christians : MCMHC
  • Missionary Sisters of Mary Immaculate : MSMI
  • Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate :MSI
  • Nazareth Sisters : NS
  • Regular Franciscan Tertiary Sisters :RFTS
  • Sacred Heart Congregation : SH
  • Sisters of Charity of St. John of God : SCJG
  • Sisters of Mercy of Holy Cross : SMHC
  • Sisters of St. John the Baptist : CSJB
  • Sisters of St. Joseph of Lyons : SJL
  • Sisters of St. Joseph of Saint Mark Congregation : SJSM
  • Sisters of the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament : SABS
  • Sisters of the Destitute : SD
  • Sisters of the Poor of St. Catherine of Siena : SPCS
  • Sisters Servants of our Lady of Sorrows : SSMSA
  • Snehagiri Missionary Sisters : SMS
  • Society of Kristu Dasis : SKD
  • St. Marthas Congregation : SMC

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