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Indian diocese encourages priests to visit homes, to stem losses for Church

November 14, 2016

The Diocese of Coimbatore, in India, is encouraging parish priests to visit with families, in a bid to reverse a trend in which Catholics are leaving the Church to join other Christian denominations.

Bishop Thomas Lephonse of Coimbatore said that the departure of Catholic families is “a matter of great concern” for his diocese in the southern Tamil Nadu state. He is asking priests to visit Catholic families and pray with them, “to strengthen the link between the clergy and the lay faithful, to better know and understand their concerns, to guide them to grow in faith.”


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  • Posted by: nix898049 - Nov. 15, 2016 6:18 PM ET USA

    Keep an eye on this to learn if it works. Maybe something like that could be tried here in the U.S. There's nothing to lose.