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Mongolia: Church slowly takes root

Catholic World News - February 16, 2012

Mongolia, ruled by a Communist regime from 1921 to 1990, had no Catholics in 1991, according to the Fides news agency.

In the years since Father (now Bishop) Wenceslao Padilla arrived in 1992, the Church has slowly taken root, with the construction of a cathedral (1997), the publication of the first Mongolian Bible (2004), the nation’s first vocation (2008), and the establishment of a technical training school and other apostolates by Vietnamese missionary priests.

In 2006, there were 600 Catholics in Mongolia; today, 1,000 of the nation’s 3.1 million people are Catholics, according to Vatican statistics. They worship in four parishes, and there are now four seminarians.

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