Mangaluru: Seminar on ‘Catholic Church in China’ held at St Joseph’s Seminary


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Mangaluru, Aug 17: A seminar on this topic was held in St Joseph’s Seminary Saturday, August 17.

Speaker of the day was Fr Vincent from China. He is presently the vice-rector of Pontifical Urban University in the Vatican. The speech was mainly centered on the persecution and the suffering the Church in China still undergoes. Real life examples of the faithful who stood for their faith and how they endured persecutions in the 19th century were vividly described.



The speaker said that the faithful had their teeth pulled out one by one, they were made to kneel on the broken glass pieces, and were made to sleep naked on ice in the winter, and yet they stood for the Church. He said that the inspiration of these witnesses has strengthened the faith in China. He enumerated the statistics that presently there are 138 dioceses, 104 Bishops, 4,000 priests and more than 2,000 religious nuns in China. The words of Tertullian were quoted at the end, ‘The blood of martyrs is the seed of the Church’.

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  • Joe Gonsalves, Mangalore

    Sat, Aug 17 2019

    In the first place I congratulate Father Father Michael, Rector of St. Joseph's Seminary on his initiative to invite the faithful from China to participate at the meeting.

    Obviously the 138 dioceses, 104 Bishops, 4,000 priests and more than 2,000 religious nuns in China are going through a very difficult period. I wish there could be a world body to control this menace.

    I join the faithful all over the world to pray for the Catholics in China.

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