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3,400 converts in Hong Kong

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?