|13,000 New Catholics Baptized in China This Easter|
|Written by Sherry|
|Friday, 11 April 2008 22:44|
Rome, Apr 11, 2008 / 09:07 pm (CNA).- The Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples reports that during the Easter Vigil over 13,000 people were baptized in China.
The Fides news agency reports that in the 80 dioceses of continental China, “13,608 people were baptized in the Easter Vigil 2008. In addition to the Sacrament of Baptism, the catechumens also received the other two sacraments of initiation: Confirmation and the Holy Eucharist.”
“The number of baptized in 2008 is much higher than that of 8,000 baptized on Easter in 2007. As well, many parishes and dioceses in China not only celebrate Baptisms on Easter, but throughout the entire liturgical year, according to the local needs,” Fides revealed.
The report also indicated that “the number 13,608 is the result of a provisory study done by the Chinese Catholic website ‘Faith’” and that “in the Archdiocese of Beijing, there were about 500 baptized on Easter, 100 more than in 2007,” while “among the newly baptized in the Diocese of Shang Hai, where baptisms have had to be celebrated all year long, there were 54 university students.”
To put those numbers in perspective, 60,000 + adults were baptized as Catholics in the US this Easter.