Catechists reflect on God the Father

Monthly meetings are held to impart religious education to small communities of Catholic Mongols, who in turn educate catechumens of all ages in different parishes.

Mongolia
Oct 16 2013, 12:06 PM
Catechists reflect on God the Father
Bishop Wenceslao Padilla and Sister Clara Lee during the session.

Formation classes for Catechists held early October in Ulaanbaatar, focussed on the nature of God and redemption from original sin.

Monthly meetings are held to impart religious education to small communities of Catholic Mongols, who in turn educate catechumens of all ages in different parishes.

Bishop Wenceslao Padilla, Apostolic Administrator of the young Mongolian Church, opened the October lesson conducted by Sister Clara Lee. “Since the original sin committed by Adam and Eve, God has sent into the world patriarchs, prophets and in the end even His Son to redeem humankind. This is the Good News that we proclaim to the world,” the nun told the catechists.

According to the latest estimates, Christians of all denominations represent slightly more than 2% of the Mongolian population, which is largely shamanistic Buddhist. 40% Mongolians are non-religious.

Catholics number just above 900 but have set up facilities for orphans, the destitute and elderly and medical clinics in a country with little health care. They run various educational and technical schools too.

There were no parishes when the first foreign missionaries of the Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary arrived in 1992. Father Wenceslao Padilla, who was one of them, is now the Bishop of Mongolia. There are six parishes, all in the capital of the vast and remote nation of less than 3 million inhabitants.

In his pastoral letter marking 20 years of the Church in Mongolia, Bishop Padilla noted that there were now 81 missionaries from 22 different countries and Mongolia's first two native seminarians were being trained for priesthood in South Korea’s Daejeon.

Source: AsiaNews

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