The Military Ordinariate of the Philippines or MOP is a diocese for the men and women in uniform of Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine National Police, Philippine Coast Guard, Bureau of Fire and Protection, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, Veterans Memorial Medical Center. It does not belong to ecclesiastical province.
Its jurisdiction is nationwide and related to the military/police stations, headquarters, camps, hospitals etc.
The total population of AFP, PNP and PCG is 221541.
Tagalog (Filipino) is the official national language. English is also used as medium of instruction.
The Military Ordinariate of the Philippines was erected as Military Vicariate on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Dec. 8 of 1950, by Pope Pius XII (Consistorial Decree Ad consulendum). This decree took effect on Dec. 10, 1951, when the Most Reverend Rufino Santos, then Auxiliary Bishop of Manila, took possession of this vicariate and became the first Military Vicar in the country. It was accepted by the Philippine government in a diplomatic agreement (Notes Verbal 1952) signed by Foreign Secretary Jaime Elizalde and Archbishop Egidio Vagnozzi, Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines.
On April 21, 1986, Pope John Paul II issued the apostolic constitution on the spiritual care of the military "Spirituali Militum Curae" which took effect on July 21, 1986. This constitution was unique in that it began a new structure for all military vicariates all over the world. Elevating these vicariates to the level of "Ordinaries" actually placed them on the level of dioceses.
The military ordinariate has its own curia and exercises its pastoral ministry through its military chaplains assigned to the different branches of service within the armed forces which are considered its vicariates - those of General Headquarters, the Philippine Army, the Philippine Navy, the Philippine Air Force and the Philippine National Police.
The Military Ordinariate of the Philippines is a diocese for the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine National Police, Philippine Coast Guard, Bureau of Fire and Protection, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, Veterans Memorial Medical Center. It has jurisdiction over all military and police personnel, their dependents, and the civilian employees of all branches of the armed forces.
Its titular patron is the Immaculate Conception, and for secondary patrons it has St. Ignatius of Loyola and St. John Capistran.
The Armed Forces of the Philippines is a nonpartisan institution.
MILITARY ORDINARIATE OF THE PHILIPPINES
(The Roman Catholic Diocese for the Men and Women in Uniform of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine National Police, Philippine Coast Guard, Bureau of Fire and Protection, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, Veterans Memorial Medical Center)
Erected as Military Vicariate: Dec. 8, 1950
Elevated to Military Ordinariate: July 21, 1986
Personal Jurisdiction: All personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), the Philippine National Police (PNP), the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Bureau of Fire and Protection (BFP), Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC), their dependents, and the civilian employees.
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