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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?

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Diocese of Hazaribagh

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Diocese of Hazaribagh
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In a land area of 21,213.6 square kilometers, the diocesan territory covers districts of Hazaribag, Chatra, Koderma and Bokaro in northeastern state of Jharkand. Cities in the area are Hazaribag and Bokaro.

The diocese of Hazaribagh was erected by Pope John Paul II on April 1, 1995, by bifurcating the diocese of Daltonganj.

Population

In 2016, the total population was 5,786,000. The ethnic groups consist of the Santhals, Oraons, Mundas and the Kharias. Catholics in the diocese belong to the Santhals, Oraons, Mundas and Kharias, scheduled castes, South Indians and Biharis.

Language

Languages used in the diocesan territory are Santhali, Mundari, Oraon, Kharia, Nagpuria and Hindi.

Transportation

Roads and railways are common in the territory.

Economy

The annual per capita income in the diocesan territory is Rs.23, 361 ($512) as of January 2011.

Major industries and trade are heavy engineering, coal mining,  steel and tourism.

Jharkhand is a mineral rich state and chief mineral resources of the diocese are iron ore and coal. Agricultural products are maize, rice, wheat and various pulses.

Telecommunication

The most commonly used telecommunication service is mobile phones in the diocesan territory.

Education

Literacy rate is 52.49 percent among males and 22.9 percent among females.

Culture

The important festivals of the state are Sohraj, Karma, Badna, Sarhul, Hal Punhya, Id, Holi,  Dussehra, etc.

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