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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Eparchy of Mandya

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The eparchy of Mandya has an area of 17,460 sq. kms and is home to around 1300 Catholics. There are 26 parishes and mission stations.


In the eparchy of Mandya, the population is 4447312.


Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil, English, and Telegu are the languages spoken in the diocese.


On Jan. 18, 2010, the Syro-Malabar Church erected a new eparchy of Mandya by bifurcating the eparchy of Mananthavady. The new eparchy comprises the four civil districts in Karnataka state -- Mandya, Hassan, Mysore and Chamarajnagar. Before the erection of the eparchy of Mandya, the district was entrusted to the pastoral care of the Missionary Society of St. Thomas the Apostle (MST) and the district of Hassan to the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI).

The districts of Mysore and Chamrajnagar were under the direct pastoral care of the eparchy of Mananthavady.

Considering the the geographical, linguistic and cultural differences, there were repeated requests to form a separate eparchy in the region of Mandya.

Mgr. George Njaralakatt, who was at that time working as the vicar general of the eparchy of Bhadravathi, was appointed the first bishop of the new eparchy of Mandya, which is now a suffragan eparchy of the archeparchy of Tellicherry.


Mandya city is administered by the municipality, headed by an elected chairman. Villages and small towns are administered by elected local bodies called panchayats.


The region is well connected by roads.


The diocesan territory stretches over 17460 sq. kms and covers the civil districts Mysore, Chamarajnagar, Hassan and Mandya in Karnataka. Mysore is the biggest city in the diocese. Mandya and Hassan are other important towns in the diocese.


Government and private operators provide extensive telecommunication facilities in the diocesan area. The diocese is well-connected by local cable TV networks.


Describe music, song, dance and drama in the region.

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