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 Eluru

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Diocese of Eluru
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The diocese of Eluru was bifurcated from the diocese of Vijayawada on Feb. 26, 1977. It comprises civil district of West Godavari and four mandals of Konaseema in East Godavari district. The diocese faces the Bay of Bengal in the south, the river Godavari in the east, the diocese of Vijayawada in the west, and the diocese of Khammam in the north.


In Eluru diocese, the total population was 8,860,000 as of 2016 end.


The main language is Telugu. There are also tribal dialects like Kui of the Koyas. The predominant tribal group in the region are the Koyas.


The two major parties are the Indian National Congress and Telugu Desam Party.


The general means of transportation are public buses and railway.


The diocesan territory stretches over 10,755 square kilometers and covers the civil district of West. Godavari and four mandals (administrative areas) of the district of East. Godavari. (There are 60 mandals in East. Godavari district.)


The per capita income of the diocesan territory is Rs 12,929 ($278) as of February 2007. There are no major industries in the area. The main crops are paddy, tobacco, sugarcane and chilies. Coconuts are also grown in the region.


Telecommunication services are widespread. There are no TV or radio stations in the region.


Popular art forms like Burra Katha and various forms of dances are attractions at major festivals. Tribal dances are also popular.

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