Bishop of Mongolia thanks Korean Church for missionary commitment

The Bishop sensitized parishes and Korean associations about his diocese, while launching a fundraising campaign to support Catholic schools in Mongolia.

Korea
Oct 31 2013, 5:38 PM
Bishop of Mongolia thanks Korean Church for missionary commitment
Bishop Wenceslao Padilla

Aid and missionary cooperation guaranteed by the Korean Church are crucial for the growth and progress of the small Church in Mongolia, said Bishop Wenceslao Padilla, Apostolic Prefect of Mongolia, during his visit to the Archdiocese of Seoul.

The Bishop sensitized parishes and Korean associations about his diocese, while launching a fundraising campaign to support Catholic schools in Mongolia.

"When I arrived in Mongolia, 21 years ago, there was no church and no Catholics. We faced many challenges, from financial problems to cultural differences and language difficulties,” Bishop Padilla said.

“We were in a context in which the Christian religion was totally new and the most popular belief was Tibetan Buddhism. In twenty years, the Church has grown and taken root; the Mongolian Church is small but lively and dynamic. Today there is great hope for the flowering of the Christian faith in Mongolia thanks to the cooperation of the local population but also to the work of missionaries and sister churches, such as the Korean Church, which has sent over the years," he said.

Since 2004, the Church in Mongolia has received financial support from Korean ecclesial associations such as the "One Body One Spirit Movement", from a Missionary Foundation and the "Catholic Medical Centre" of the Archdiocese of Seoul. The areas of cooperation include education and health.

Source: Agenzia Fides

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