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Keeping up the mission spirit in China

SHIJIAZHUANG (Agencies): Many parishes across China welcomed new members into their midst at Easter this year with hundreds in some places and dozens in others receiving the sacraments of intitation.

In the diocese of Ba Meng in Inner Mongolia, an Evangelisation Spring was declared on April 14 by Bishop Du Jiang.

In line with the theme of the new evangelisation being prompted by Pope Benedict XVI, the bishop acknowledged the great outreach work being done by the catechists. He also encouraged them to be constantly aware of their own need for conversion.

The bishop spoke of the newly-baptised as being the fruit of evangelisation, characterised by the power of the sacraments of initiation, baptism, confirmation and Eucharist, and encouraged both the new Christians and their mentors to sustain their missionary zeal.

“Evangelisation is not an impossible thing, but it requires belief, good preparation and formation in faith,” Bishop Du noted.

According to information gathered by Fides, the parish of Chao Yang in the diocese of Liano Ning, welcomed 62 new members at Easter. The parish priest said, “The commitment on behalf of everyone has borne fruit, because evangelisation is the responsibility and mission of every believer. Everyone has to be a witness to their faith in their own environment.”

The cathedral parish in Bao Ding, in the province of Hebei, baptised 46 catechumens. In his homily, the priest said that Easter is a good time to renew our commitment to witnessing to our faith.

In the parish of Liu He Taiyuan, Shanxi province, there were 254 baptisms, including 72 infants. 

Over 5,000 people attended the Easter Sunday Mass. The newly baptised and their catechists all spoke of the importance of Christian witness.

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