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 Sultanpet

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The new diocese of Sultanpet, include the civil district of Palakkad in the state of Kerala, is bordered by the dioceses of Coimbatore and Calicut. It is a suffragan diocese of the ecclesiastical province of Verapoly.

The new Diocese of Sultanpet has an area of 4466 km and has a population 4,260,435, among whom 30,975 are Catholics. It is comprised of 21 parishes, 14 diocesan priests, 18 religious priests, 9 religious men, and 102 religious sisters. It has 21 schools, 12 hospitals.

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