17 Jun 2012

And the 51st International Eucharistic Congress goes to.......

.............the Archdiocese of Cebu in the Philippines!

Created diocese: August 14, 1595. 
Erected: May 1, 1596. 
Elevated to Archdiocese: April 28, 1934. 

Archbishop Palma and Cardinal Vidal -
archbishop and archbishop emeritus of Cebu archdiocese
As of Dec. 2007, Cebu archdiocese had 3,733,822 baptized Catholics, representing 90.08 percent of all 4,144,610 people in the territory. The archdiocese had 140 parishes with resident priests. During 2007, the archdiocese recorded 131,826 baptisms.
In a land area of 5,088.4 square kilometers, the Archdiocese of Cebu covers the whole civil province of Cebu. This province island lies at the heart of the Central Philippines called the Visayas region. In the history of Christian evangelization, it prides itself as the Cradle of Christianity in the Far East because it is here that the first European explorers, headed by the Portuguese Ferdinand Magellan, sailing under the auspices of the kingdom of Spain in 1521, established their first settlement and introduced Christianity.

It is located to the east of Negros island; to the west of Leyte, and Bohol islands. It is situated on both sides by the straits of Bohol (between Cebu, and Bohol), and Tañon (between Cebu, and Negros). Cebu is located between 9°25'N and 11°15'N latitude, and between 123°13'E, and 124°5'E longitude in the center of the Philippine Islands.

Cebu is a long narrow island stretching 225 kilometers (140 miles) from north to south, surrounded by 167 neighboring smaller islands, that includes Mactan Island, Bantayan, Malapascua, Olango, and the Camotes Islands.

Read more about the archdiocese here and here.

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