|More on New Chinese Catholics|
|Written by Sherry|
|Wednesday, 18 April 2007 15:10|
Although no firm number is available from China's 100 dioceses, there are estimates:
"Song estimated that the total number of Easter baptisms on the mainland exceeded 10,000 and said 80 percent of the newly baptized in major Chinese cities have at least some college education. "It's hard to account" for all the baptisms, "as parishes are numerous, and some dioceses baptize at Pentecost, the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, or at Christmas," he said. Bishop Johan Fang Xingyao of Linyi told UCA News April 11 that he credited laypeople for actively evangelizing their relatives and friends and priests and nuns for spreading the Gospel."
From Catholic News Service, April 13.