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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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Diocese of Dindigul

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Diocese of Dindigul
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The diocesan territory stretches over a land area of 6,266 square kilometers and covers civil district of Dindigul. Palani an Dindigul are the largest towns in the diocese.

Population

The total population in the diocesan area was 2,506,990 as of the end of 2016. Tamils form the majority ethnic group here.

Language

Tamil and English are the languages used.

History

Pope John Paul II erected the new diocese of Dindigul on Nov. 10, 2003, carving it out of the diocese of Tiruchirapalli. Dindigul, the 17th diocese in Tamil Nadu, consists of 41 parishes. Among them 31 parishes were originally from Tiruchirapalli, six from Madurai archdiocese and four new parishes have been set up in the new diocese between 2004 and 2006.

The geographical area of the diocese is almost co-extensive with the civil administrative area of Dindigul district.

Political

Towns are governed by municipalities, while villages and small towns are administered by local bodies called panchayats.

Transportation

The diocesan area is well connected in terms of roads and railway. The nearest airport is in Madurai, the second largest city in Tamil Nadu.

Geography

The diocesan territory stretches over a land area of 6,266 square kilometers and covers the civil district of Dindigul. Dindigul and Palani are the largest towns in the diocese.

Economy

The per capita income in the diocesan territory is Rs 18,983 ($408) as of August 2006. Agriculture, especially paddy cultivation, is done extensively. Dindigul is also famous for its locks and tanneries.

Telecommunication

Government and private operators provide extensive telecommunication facilities in the diocesan area. The diocese enjoys local cable TV networks.

Education

The literacy rate here is 69.35 percent.

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