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

  • Congregation of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate :O.M.I.
  • Dominican Order (Order of Preachers) :O.P.
  • Marist Brothers of the Schools :F.M.S.
  • Order of Friars Minor (Franciscans) :O.F.M.
  • Order of Saint Augustine :O.S.A.
  • Paris Foreign Mission Society :M.E.P.
  • Passionist Community :C.P.
  • Pious Society of St. Paul :S.S.P.
  • Pontifical Insititute for Foreign Missions :P.I.M.E.
  • Society of Jesus :S.J.
  • Society of St. Sulpice :S.S.
  • St. Columban :S.S.C.
  • Xaverian Missionary Fathers :S.X.

Religious Institutes of Women

  • Canossian Daughters of Charity :F.d.C.C.
  • Caritas Sisters of Jesus
  • Catholic "AIKUKAI" Community
  • Congregatio Religiosarum Beatae Mariae Virginis Annuntiationis :C.M.A.
  • Congregation de l :E.J.
  • Congregation de Notre-Dame :C.N.D.
  • Congregation of St. Joseph :C.S.J.
  • Daughters of St. Paul :F.S.P.
  • Discalced Carmelite Order :O.C.D.
  • Franciscan Missionaries of Mary :F.M.M.
  • Franciscan Sisters of Militia Immaculatae
  • Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance :O.C.S.O.
  • Order of St. Clare :O.S.C.
  • Secular Institute of Missionaries of the Kingship of Christ :S.I.M.
  • Secular Institute of the Catechists of Mary
  • Sisters Adorers, Handmaids of the Blessed Sacrament and Charity :A.A.S.C.
  • Sisters of Infant Jesus (Nicolas Barre) :I.J.
  • Sisters of the Light of the Gospel :S.L.E.
  • Sisters of the Visitation of Japan :S.V.
  • Society of Helpers (of the Holy Souls) :S.A.
  • Society of Seminary Auxiliatrices
  • Ursuline Missionaries of the Sacred Heart :U.M.S.H.

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