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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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Archdiocese of Madurai

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Archdiocese of Madurai
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The archdiocesan territory covers a land area of 8,910 square kilometers, and includes the civil districts of Madurai, Theni and Virudhanagar. Madurai, the second largest city in the state of Tamil Nadu, is the most important city in the archdiocese.

Population

The population in the archdiocesan territory was 6,413,000 as of 2016-end. Tamils form the main ethnic group.

Political

Madurai city is governed by a corporation. Towns are governed by municipalities, whereas villages and small towns are administered by local bodies called panchayats. The members of the local bodies are elected by adult suffrage.

Transportation

The archdiocesan area is well-connected in terms of transport infrastructure by roads and railway. The Madurai airport is an important gateway to the south of Tamil Nadu.

Geography

The archdiocesan territory covers a land area of 8,910 square kilometers, and includes the civil districts of Madurai, Theni and Virudhanagar. Madurai, the second largest city in the state of Tamil Nadu, is the most important city in the archdiocese.

Economy

The per capita income in the archdiocesan territory as of September 2006 was Rs 22,623 rupees ($492). Agriculture is the major occupation in the area.

Telecommunication

Government and private operators provide extensive telecommunication facilities in the territory. The archdiocese is well connected by local cable TV networks.

Education

The literacy rate here is 74.86 percent.

Culture

Madurai is a well-known centre for Tamil studies. It is called the Athens of the East. Its magnificent temples and palaces are important cultural and tourist centres.

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