"The Christianity of history is not Protestantism. If ever there were a safe truth it is this, and Protestantism has ever felt it so; to be deep in history is to cease to be a Protestant." (-John Henry Newman, An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine).

"Where the bishop is, there let the people gather; just as where ever Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church". -St. Ignatius of Antioch (ca 110 AD)a martyr later thrown to the lions, wrote to a church in Asia Minor. Antioch was also where the term "Christian" was first used.

“But if I should be delayed, you should know how to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of truth.” 1 Timothy 3:15

"This is the sole Church of Christ, which in the Creed we profess to be one, holy, catholic and apostolic." -CCC 811

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

10,000 converts per year in northeastern India

Indian Catholics having procession.
India - Despite intense opposition from local political leaders, the Church in the northeastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh has been blessed with strong growth over the past three decades. In 1978, it was illegal for Christians to enter the state; now there are 10,000 adult converts every year, and Christians make up 40% of the population.

“There are 26 major tribes, which can be divided into … more than 120 sub-tribes, and each of these sub-tribes [has] their own dialects and specific culture,” explains Salesian Bishop George Palliparampil. “They want somebody who loves them - this is my experience … I think the greatest success, if I could call it that, was that the people felt that in the Church they find somebody who walks along with them.”

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