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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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Eparchy of Parassala

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Parassala is a town in Trivandrum in Kerala state and is located at the southern end of Kerala state.

Language

The residents of this town speak both Malayalam and Tamil.

Political

Parassala assembly constituency is part of Trivandrum (Lok Sabha constituency). The former late deputy speaker of the Kerala Legislative Assembly, Sundaran Nadar, is from Parassala. The current MLA is C.K.Harindren and the current Panchayath president is T.K Sarojini. Now, from November 2015, local self election conducted by state election commission and won Left Democratic front and Com. S. Suresh elected as panchayat president.

Climate

Parassala has heavy rains during June–August due to the southwest monsoon. Winter starts from December and continues till February. In summer, the temperature rises to a maximum of 32 °C  (90 °F) and 31 °C (88 °F) in the winters. Annual average rainfall is 3,100 mm (120 in).

Education

Prominent educational institutions in Parassala are Government Vocational Higher Secondary School, Evans Higher Secondary School, Teachers Training Institute, Government Women ITI, Saraswathy College of Nursing,CSI Institute of Legal Studies and Sree Krishna Pharmacy College. 

Religion

Parassala Sree Mahadeva temple is one of the centers of worship in south Kerala and the temple is situated at the tiny village of Parassala adjoining the Kerala-Tamil Nadu boundary.

Other Christian denominations and Muslim population also live in the territory.

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