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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Apostolic Prefecture of Baojing

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Apostolic Prefecture of Baojing
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Baojing County is situated in Hunan Province, in China. It comes under the administration of Jiangxi Autonomous Prefecture.

It is placed on the western border of the province and west central Xiangxi, and is in proximity to the southeast of Chongqing Municipality. The county borders Longshan County to the northwest, Yongshun County to the northeast, Guzhang County to the east, Jishou City and Huayuan County to the south, and Xiushan County of Chongqing to the west.

Baojing County covers an area of 1,745.88 sq. kilometers as per the statistics of 2015. The county has a registered population of 311,200 and a resident population of 294,600. It has its seat in Qianling, and has 10 towns and two townships under its jurisdiction.


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