There is good news from the Diocese of Sambalpur in the eastern Indian state of Odisha: the number of vocations to the priesthood has been continuously growing over the last few years. This is in no small part because the diocese has launched an active vocation apostolate in the schools, which introduces young people early on to the idea that they could be called by God.
“The Asian continent, imbued with rich philosophical and religious traditions, remains a great frontier for your testimony to Christ…Let Christ turn your natural optimism into Christian hope, your energy into moral virtue, your good will into genuine self-sacrificing love! This is the path you are called to take.” Pope Francis
The number of Catholics in Asia is projected to top 170 million by 2020. In 2015, Aid to the Church in Need supported the Church in Asia greatly, which included the formation of more than 1400 seminarians. Our help is still desperately needed as Christians continue to be terrorized and harassed in China, Vietnam, Pakistan, India, Indonesia and the Philippines.
Thank you for your continued help.
Almost 90% of the inhabitants of Bangladesh are Muslim. Catholics are only a tiny minority at 0.2% of the population, and the majority of the faithful belong to smaller ethnic groups. This makes them minorities twice over: in their religion and in their ethnicity. But while the Catholic Church may be small in numbers, it …
Today, the outreach ministry provides over a thousand people with a hot meal each day, an increase of 400 people compared to the previous year. Many Syrian refugees are also involved, helping in the kitchens, so that they can also have the opportunity to earn a living.
This parish is planning to build a new and much larger church that would also be more suited in size to the present number of the Catholic faithful. Will you give to support the construction of a new mission church in this very poor part of India?