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 Adilabad

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Diocese of Adilabad
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A total of 2,740,000 people live in the diocesan territory with the tribal Khond community forming the main ethnic group.


Four main languages -- Telugu, Marathi, Urdu and Hindi -- as well as several tribal dialects are spoken.


The diocese of Adilabad was erected on July 23, 1999, when Pope John Paul II split the diocese of Chanda, which spread over the areas in the two provincial states of Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh. The territory in Andhra Pradesh was awarded to the new diocese. Its 16,210 square kilometers cover the civil district of Adilabad in the northernmost part of the state.


Four political parties dominate the local political structure: the Indian National Congress, Telugu Desam Party, Telangana Rashtra Samithi and Bharatiya Janata Party. The influence of armed Maoist rebels called Naxalites on the district is strong.


A road network connects most of the villages, and a railway route passes through the district.


Annual per capita income is Rs 18,581 ($405) as of June 2006. Cement, coal, cotton, timber, paper and porcelain pipes are the major industries. The main agricultural crops are: rice, millet, lentils, onion and wheat.


Telecommunications services in the diocesan territory are sufficient. Cell phone signals are widely available in the district even in the remotest villages. There is one radio broadcasting station in Adilabad.



The literacy rate in the diocesan territory is 54.4 percent.


The people of Adilabad love to display their cultural talents in public. Tribal dances are also popular. The district is also known for handicrafts, including wooden toys.

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