Beijing (Fides Service) - More than 1,300 new Catholics were welcomed into the Church in various parts of mainland China during Easter Vigil Mass this year according to Faith bulletin published in Hebei province. The actual number is certainly higher because this figure refers only to parishes and towns in 10 provinces: Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, ShanDong, ShanXi, JiangSu, HuBei, ShaanXi, HeiLongJing and Inner Mongolia.
The highest number of baptisms 285, was registered in HengShui diocese confirming Hebei as the most Catholic of mainland China’s provinces. The catechumens completed a two year course in Christian Initiation consisting of catechesis, study of Sacred Scripture, community and individual prayer. Faith bulletin also reports that around Easter many children received the Sacrament of Confirmation. (Agenzia Fides 09/06/2004 Lines: 15 Words: 135)