In Northeast India, the Catholic Church is still relatively young. In 2016, she celebrated 120 years of ministry here, but in many parts of this region, Catholic missionaries were only able to enter during the second half of the 20th century. This is an isolated and underdeveloped area, marked by political unrest and conflicts, by deep poverty and many other problems. But the Church here is very much alive and vital; now there are almost 2 million Catholics in the region, while the number of vocations to the priesthood and religious life is growing.
The Republic of the Philippines has a Christian population of about 90%, most of them Catholic. Through the years, the Church has had a prominent role in the life and development of the country. A country of immense wealth in natural resources, yet unfortunately is marked with severe social and economic differences. There is a Muslim minority in the country, however it is concentrated in the Southern part of the archipelago in the regions of Mindanao, Palawan and Sulú. To know more about the work of the Church in the Philippines Jonas Soto interviews Fr. Gregory Gaston, dean of the Philippine College in Rome.