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Due to government restrictions, events such as this are considered rare in China

Xi'an cathedral celebrates 300 years

Portrait of St. Francis of Assisi was displayed in a liturgical dance to celebrate the third centenary of St. Francis Cathedral of Xian on Oct. 4. (Photo supplied) reporters, Xian and Hong Kong

October 11, 2016

St. Francis Cathedral of Xi'an in China's Shaanxi province celebrated its 300 year history in a rare four-day event beginning Oct. 1.

Thousands of people attended the event which included music, lectures, a cultural show, the installation of a relic of St. Francis of Assisi and the unveiling of a tablet to commemorate the cathedral's three centuries of history.

There were also art displays featuring the work of different parish groups, portraits of 21 past bishops and a cultural heritage display that showed the early history of the church in China.

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