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Report: China Catholics throng to church

September 24, 2007

From BBC News:

At Sunday morning Mass, the church is overflowing with worshippers. Those that cannot squeeze in sit on benches outside.

There are no official ties between China and the Vatican, despite attempts by both sides over recent months to overcome their differences.

But that does not seem to matter to the faithful at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, to give the Beijing church its full name.

The solid-looking brick cathedral, founded in 1605 by Jesuit Matteo Ricci, is the base of newly-appointed Beijing Bishop Father Joseph Li Shan.

I know there are problems between underground and official churches but, as far as I’m concerned, I just believe in God

Father Joseph, whose appointment was approved by the Vatican, is in charge of one of China’s main dioceses. It has a flock of at least 50,000 people.

Full report here.

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