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500 nuns belong to Chinese religious community

Catholic World News - August 28, 2012

The Fides news agency is reporting that 500 women religious, 80% of whom are “very young,” now belong to the Franciscan Missionaries of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, a community devoted to education and the corporal works of mercy.

Headquartered in the central Chinese city of Xi’an, whose bishop was consecrated in 2005 with Vatican and government approval, the Franciscan Missionaries of the Sacred Heart of Jesus are present in six Chinese dioceses. The community was founded in 1923 and allowed to reopen in 1980, four years after the death of Mao Zedong.

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