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3,400 converts in Hong Kong

Catholic World News - March 11, 2011

Bishop John Tong of Hong Kong has announced that 3,400 catechumens will be baptized at the Easter Vigil.

The Church in Hong Kong has seen a rising numbers of conversions. The number of adult converts has risen from 2,000 per year in recent years to 3,040 last year, and this year's class of catechumens represents a new jump.

Some 356,000 of Hong Kong’s residents are now Catholic-- approximately 5% of the population. Thus the number of adult catechumens entering the Church at Easter will approach 1% of the existing Catholic population. To match that proportion, the New York archdiocese, for instance, would need 20,000 converts.

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  • Posted by: kmbold - Mar. 11, 2011 6:18 PM ET USA

    Hallelujah! What is the explanation for this number, which is even greater than that of the first Pentecost? A holy bishop?

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