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 Guntur

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Diocese of Guntur
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The diocesan territory covers an area of 30,814 square kilometers and includes Guntur district and Addanki taluk of Prakasam district.

The main agricultural products of the district are chilli, cotton, tobacco and turmeric. Ethnic groups in the diocese include the Chenchu, Lambadi, Yanadi and Yerukula.


In 2016, the local population was 6,306,000.


Languages used in the territory are English, Hindi, Telugu, Urdu and tribal languages.


The literacy rate in the diocesan territory is 60 percent.

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