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Outside the cities, Catholicism continues as grandparents pass on the faith to their grandchildren

Elderly are the 'pillars of the church' in rural China

Joseph Li a parishioner of Changzhi Diocese in Shanxi province, with his wife and granddaughter after attending Mass on April 21. As young and middle-aged people are leaving their villages to work in cities, evangelizing is left to elderly Catholics. ( photo) reporter, Hong Kong

May 17, 2017

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Every evening, no matter how busy or tired she may be, Yiu reads the Bible at home to her 7-year-old granddaughter. Sometimes, parishioners, also from Changzhi Diocese in central Chinese Shanxi province, come and join her.

Changzhi Diocese has 80 churches and 37 prayer houses for its 60,000 Catholics. Among them, only four are in cities, 18 are in suburban areas and the rest in rural zones.

Local people do not feel it is an exaggeration to tell visitors that one can find an old church in almost any village that has Catholics living there.

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