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Chinese bishop says ‘spring has arrived’

May 30, 2012

Amid deepening persecution of the Church in parts of China, a prelate in southeastern China says that “spring has arrived” in the city of Shaoguan, the site of Father Matteo Ricci’s first Jesuit mission in China.

On May 24, Archbishop Joseph Gan Qiu Jun of Guangzhou ordained two priests in Shaoguan—the first ordinations in the city of 3.2 million since 1949. In addition, 108 adults and children were baptized at the Easter Vigil.

Archbishop Gan’s ministry is recognized both by the Holy See and by the Chinese government.

Elsewhere, in central China, over 400 catechumens have been baptized at a parish in the Diocese of Xi’an since the beginning of 2011.


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