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Church in Tianjin welcomes new members

KAIXI (Agencies): “They witness faith and preach Christ just like the apostles,” the pastor of the village of Xiao Han, in Tianjin diocese, China, said of the 350 adults who received the sacrament of confirmation on December 10.

Fides reported that those who received the sacrament had been through an intense preparation programme, adding that the parish welcomed them with great.

The pastor added, “Among them there are many who, for various reasons, had left the Church, and ignored the path of every baptised Christian. Through a preparatory course, not only did it bring them close again to the Church, but also awakened in them the true meaning of faith. They showed understanding and explored the sacrament of confirmation.”

The village of Xiao Han has historical roots in the faith, with over 5,000 Catholic people on the books today. Besides being the largest community of the diocese, it is also a cradle for vocations.

Meanwhile, in the cathedral church of the diocese, 270 people received the sacrament of baptism on December 18. The parish priest officially welcomed them in the parish family, thanking in particular for the outreach efforts of the whole parish and the close communion that the members of the parish live.

“We have always stressed this is the duty and right of every baptised person. We are happy to see that our parishioners have applied this principle in their lives, creating an atmosphere of fellowship and missionary awareness inside and outside the parish. We have brought the gospel outside the church door,” he said.

The cathedral in Kaixi is dedicated to St. Joseph. It was built in 1914 in Romanesque style and can accommodate over 2,000 people. It boasts more than 30,000 people on its books.

According to the Guide to the Catholic Church in China, the diocesan community of Tianjin has over 100,000 people, about 30 priests and about 40 women belonging to the Community Sisters of Charity, as well as a few dozen seminarians.

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