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Dominican University to undertake research on Catholic Christianity in Philippines 

UST research team with Bishop David (photo by UST)

The Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas, Catholic University of the Philippines, intends to conduct research on Catholic Christianity in the country. 

An international non-governmental organization has awarded a two-year research grant to researchers at the university's Center for Theology, Religious Studies, and Ethics (CTRSE) and the Research Center for Social Sciences and Education (RCSSED).
With a focus on communion, participation, and mission and an acknowledgment of both its positive and negative aspects, the project, "Assessing the Current Landscape of Catholic Christianity in the Philippines: Towards Synodality," seeks to give a broad picture of the state of Catholic Christianity in the nation.
The study team met on February 14 in the Frassati Building of the Dominican-managed University of Santo Tomas and presented their project to Mr. Charles Bertille, the funding organization representative, and Bishop Pablo Virgilio S. David, President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).
The project's leaders are Professors Pablito A. Baybado (CTRSE) and Florence C. Navidad (RCSSED), with assistance from Research Associates Fr. Vladimir Echalas, Head of the CBCP Research Office, and Associates Profs. Allan A. Basas, Philip L. Fuentes, and Marites R. Redoa (CTRSE).
Prof. Joel C. Sagut, Director of CTRSE, and Dominican Father Louie R. Coronel, Secretary General of UST, are project consultants.
On February 13, 2024, Dr. Emmanuel M. Batulan from the UST Office of the Secretary-General, as well as project assistants Ms. Daphne C. Santos and Ms. Rechelle M. Basco, also attended the meeting.

In 2021, the Philippines, the largest Catholic nation in Asia, commemorated 500 years of Christian history.

More than 10 million Filipinos around the world, including more than 90% of Filipinos living in the country, identify as Christians.

Within the Philippine Catholic Church, there are 72 dioceses spread across 16 ecclesiastical provinces, seven apostolic vicariates, and a military ordinariate. 


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