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270 baptisms at Chinese cathedral

Catholic World News - December 21, 2011

270 catechumens were baptized at the cathedral of the Diocese of Tianjin on December 18. Tianjin, a city of 4.3 million, is located in northeastern China.

“We have always stressed that evangelization is the duty and right of every baptized person,” the cathedral’s parish priest told the Fides news agency. “We are happy to see that our parishioners have applied this principle in their lives, creating an atmosphere of fellowship and missionary awareness inside and outside the parish. We brought the Gospel outside the church door.”

The diocese is governed by 84-year-old Bishop Stephen Li Side, whose ministry is not recognized by the Chinese government because of his refusal to join the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association.

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