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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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Diocese of Udon Thani

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Udon Thani diocese covers 50,046 square kilometers and includes Thailand's civil provinces of Udon Thani, Nongkhai, Khon Kaen, Loei and Nong Boa Lamphu. It is a suffragan diocese within the Eccleciastical Province of Tharae-Nongsaeng.
Udon Thani became an apostolic prefecture on May 7, 1953, and was made a diocese on Dec. 18, 1965. Redemptorist Bishop Clarence Duhart was named its first bishop on Dec. 18, 1965, the same day it assumed diocesan status. The American-born missioner, who resigned on Oct. 18, 1975, was the main consecrator of his successor, Bishop George Yod Phimphisan, on Dec. 12, 1975. The cathedral of the diocese is consecrated to the Blessed Mother, Our Lady of Perpetual Help.

The website of Udon Thani Diocese is available (only in Thai) at: www.udon-diocese.cbct.org

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