The fifteen new students are currently undertaking their Propaedeutic Programme in the Redemptoris Mater Seminary, Dundalk, Archdiocese of Armagh Photo: Irish Catholic Media Office

New bishop consecrated in China with Pope Francis’ approval

On a population that has more than doubled, according to estimates from various sources, the number of baptized Catholics ranges from ten thousand to twenty thousand. Since the signing of the Interim Agreement between the People’s Republic of China and the Holy See (September 22, 2018), there have been no illegitimate episcopal ordinations in China, those celebrated without papal consent, which had caused painful lacerations among Chinese Catholics since the late 1950s