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Church in China Welcomes Growth

ROME, MARCH 31, 2008 ( Like in other parts of the world, the Church in China has also had the joy of welcoming new members during this Easter season.

The Fides news agency reported that in just the Diocese of Hong Kong, there were 2,800 baptisms during the celebrations this year.

The community of Tie Ling in continental China received nine new members baptized on Divine Mercy Sunday, in addition to the 11 that were baptized on Easter. There are many Catholic communities in continental China that received new members during Easter time, the agency confirmed.

According to the Kung Kao Po, a diocesan bulletin, among the 2,800 catechumens baptized on Easter are entire families, including four sisters.

The oldest sister said, “We all studied at Catholic elementary schools and high schools. Our Catholic education and Catholic friends are what planted the seed of evangelization in us; it’s what encouraged us to investigate further in the faith. Now we are hoping to convince our parents as well to start catechism classes.”

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