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A silver jubilee for Church in Mongolia

ULAANBAATAR (SE): A celebration held on July 9 in the cathedral of Ss. Peter and Paul in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia, marked the 25th anniversary of the presence of the Catholic Church in the country and 25 years since diplomatic relations between the Holy See and Mongolia were tied.
 
Bishop Wenceslao Padilla, the apostolic prefect of Mongolia, expressed his gratitude to God and to all who have given assistance and support during the first 25 years of the reestablishment of the Church in the country after an absence of 95 years.

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Mongolia celebrates second ordination

ULAANBAATAR (SE): The fledgling Catholic community in Mongolia, which only marks its silver jubilee of foundation this year, celebrated its coming of age in a concrete fashion as it witnessed the ordination of its second priest since the rebirth of the Church in 1992.

Fides reported that Reverend Bernard Kambala, from the Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (CICM), became only the second priest to be ordained in Mongolia in modern times.

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Mongolia through the eyes of a new priest

ULAANBAATAR (UCAN): The ordination in Ulaanbaatar of 29-year-old Reverend Joseph Enkh Baatar as the first local person recorded as becoming a priest in 1,000 years in the Catholic Church in Mongolia on August 28 was a historic moment.

“I hope Father Enkh will be a Good Samaritan to the people of Mongolia,” Bishop Lazzaro You Heung-sik, from the diocese of Daejeon in South Korea, where Father Enkh had done his formation, said.

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Mongolia welcomes its first priest

ULAANBAATAR (SE): The Church in Mongolia welcomed its first locally-born priest, Father Joseph Enkh, who was ordained by Bishop Wenceslao Padilla, the apostolic prefect of Ulaanbaatar, at the Cathedral of Ss. Peter and Paul on August 28.

Fides reported that the new priest chose Deny yourself, take up your cross daily and follow me (Like 9: 23) as his motto.

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Christian relics found in Mongolia

HOHHOT (SE): During renovation worker on an old house near the Tongshunjie Church in Hohhot, Mongolia, two one century-old monuments were uncovered.

China Source reported on June 5 that one is a commemoration of a Swedish missionary, Anna Karlsson. Her name is carved on the stone in English. The other monument is inscribed with Chinese names, which probably belong to the early Chinese Christians in the region.

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First ordination for Mongolia

ULAANBAATAR (SE): “We will soon have the first native priest from Mongolia,” Bishop Wenceslaus Padilla, the apostolic prefect of Ulaanbaatar, Outer Mongolia, told Fides on May 31.

A deacon, Reverend Joseph Enkh, has had the date for ordination as a priest in Ulaanbaatar set for August 28.

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Hong Kong priest faces challenge of planting Church in Mongolia

HONG KONG (SE): Few people in this day and age have the privilege of being part of planting the Church where it, in effect, did not exist before, but Father Paul Leung Kon-chiu is one of the exceptions.

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