In all this unimaginably vast territory there are just 50 priests or so ministering to a widely scattered population of 50,000 or so Catholic faithful. Often these are no more than tiny communities, in some cases just a single Catholic family, with the next nearest Catholic community hundreds if not thousands of miles away.
The Diocese of Miao lies in one of the most remote and inaccessible regions of India, in the state of Arunachal Pradesh in the far Northeast, a region bordering on China, Tibet and Burma (Myanmar). In fact, because it is so close to the Chinese frontier, outsiders need a special official permit to stay in the region.
In the hill country of Colombia, four Vincentian Sisters – also known as Sisters of Mercy – have been working since 1997, ministering to the indigenous peoples of the region. They provide medical care, visit families and teach the children.