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Catholic faith spreads in Muslim area of China

CWN - August 31, 2010

The news agency of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples is reporting that adult baptisms are taking place in the most unlikely of places: a largely Muslim area of a Communist nation. Xining is a city of 2.2 million in central China, and the tiny diocese located there witnessed five adult baptisms after the opening of a new church community on August 15. It was unclear from the Fides news agency report whether the community was a parish.

700 of the diocese’s 3,000 Catholics attended the baptisms. The agency noted that the diocese has additional catechumens who are studying the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

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