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Faith@50

As the Philippines prepares to celebrate 500 years of the arrival of Christianity. Fr. James Kroeger leads us in this series into a discovery journey of the landmark events in the history of faith in the Philippine archipelago.

Becoming a Vatican II Church

The Second Vatican Council (1962-65) promoted a significant ecclesiological paradigm shift, entailing changes in theologies, values, and pastoral practices. The local Church in the Philippines actively received these changes.

Remembering a Bright, Shining Moment

As the Philippines celebrate five centuries since the arrival of Christianity, it is beneficial to recall that this year is also the thirty-fifth anniversary of “People Power One” (1986-2021). An analysis of the “bloodless revolution” and the roles played by the Church is instructive.

Journeying in Faith amidst Hardships

The Philippines had to contend with Martial Law for years until a popular uprising spearheaded by the Catholics forced the dictator Ferdinand Marcos to flee the country. The Church was instrumental in the return to democracy.

Keeping Faith in Challenging Times

Following the end of World War II with the Japanese surrender in late 1945, the local Church launched a variety of initiatives that gave birth to important institutions and promoted the involvement of the laity.

Crisis, Struggle, and Recovery

The transfer of sovereignty from Spain to the US in 1898 left the Filipino Church in chaos with a short supply of clergy and a drastic reduction of friars. The situation was reversed with the arrival of missionaries from Europe, Australia, and America.

Establishing a Living Church

The early foreign missionaries engaged in a variety of educational endeavors and social services as an effective means of spreading the Christian faith and serving the concrete needs of the Filipino people. Fortunately, many of these initial efforts remain vibrant institutions today.

The Start of Evangelization

Although the Christian faith arrived in the Philippines in 1521, an organized program of evangelizations only began in 1565 with the Augustinians accompanying Legazpi’s expedition. They were followed by Franciscans (1578), Jesuits (1581), Dominicans (1587), and Augustinian Recollects (1606).

Beginning a Beautiful Journey of Faith

As the Philippines prepares to celebrate 500 years of the arrival of Christianity, Fr. James Kroeger leads us in this series into a discovery journey of the landmark events that comprise the marvelous history of faith in the Philippine archipelago.

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