Catholic faith spreads in Muslim area of China
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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- Xining (Wikipedia)