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MIssioN NEws I February, in the war-zone of Sudan n Africa, 23 catechists traveled 370 miles by foot to a main mission to ask for a priest. They had in- structed hundreds of children and prepared them for Baptism, the Eu- charist and the other Sacraments. A priest was sent to them for Holy Week and Easter; he visited the main villages, baptizing more than 2,000 children and initiating the ba- sic organization of Christian commu- CATECHIST IN THE SUDAN 0 nities, q" Throughout the Missions, there are some 350,000 ca techists , part- time and full-time, q' Bishop Franjo Komarica of Banja Luka, Bosnia- Herzogovina, testified this June before the U.S. Congress. He noted that nearly every church in his diocese was damaged or destroyed during the years of ethnic strife, and that Catholics in Bosnia continue to be denied their human rights. "We are strengthened only by our faith," he said. The Propagation of the Faith is helping with the great needs of Banja Luka, as well as of the other dio- World Mission Sunday contributors receive MISSION, the national magazine of the Propagation of the Faith. ceses of Bosnia: Sarajevo and Mostar-Duvno. " Ground was bro- ken this past May for a Catholic hospi- tal in Najin, North Korea. It will be staffed by Benedictine missionary priests. This is the first Catholic institute to be built in the North since the Ko- rean penin- sula was di- vided by the Korean War. The 200-bed facility should be completed by May of 1997. q" In mission territo- ries depending on Propagation of the Faith help, the Church oper- ates 2,045 hos- pitals, 2,921 orphanages, 729 leprosaria and 6,981 medical dispen- saries. [" Last November, the founda- tion stone was blessed for a new Catho- lic church in Kazakhstan, one of the republics of the former Soviet Union. The church will be built with help from the Propagation of the Faith. "b An American missionary in Wa, Ghana, Father Bill Curran, M.Afr. writes: "The big news in our parish is the opening of our senior high school. Also, we have just finished our parish youth festival with over 200 young people. This year we baptized more than 50 school chil- dren. We finished constructing the eight miles of road in the east part of the parish, opening up nine villages to safe water, schools, a mobile clinic and other services. To all of you who support us we offer our prayers and thanks!" 'b In the Missions, the Church educates young people in more than 53,000 elementary and high schools. "b Last October, the firsF Bhutanese priest was ordained: Jesuit Father Joseph Kinley Tschering. Bhutan, a tiny Himalayan king- dom situated between China and India, is part of the Indian Dio- cese of Darjeeling. YOLIR GIFT ON WORLD MISSION SUNDAY HELPS... q" the Church as it serves the poor in Africa, Asia, the Pacific Islands and remote regions of Latin America through the Propagation of the Faith ":" mission areas in the United Stales through the American Board of Catholic Missions q" the missions of the Middle East through the Catholic Near East Welfare Association Father Tschering attended schools in Darjeeling run by the Sisters of Cluny. q" Last year in the Missions, a record 1,685 semi- narians were ordained to the priesthood, including 753 in Asia and 707 in Africa. The Propagation of the Faith provided support last year for close to 2.6,500 major seminarians in the Missions. In addition, 19 new seminaries were opened in the Missions to handle the increas- ing number of seminar- ians. Support was also pro- vided last year for close to 10,000 Re- (ABOVE LEFT) RELIGIOUS IN NIGERIA (ABOVE RIGHT) LOCAL (BELOW) SXSTER BENEDICT 1N BANGLADESH local Religious Community oj carries on the Church's ing for orphan children In YOUR GIFT ON WORLD MISSION SUNDAY... $15-$25 helps to support a catechist for a month $100 helps a village mission, with chapel, school and health services $75 is a month's help for a Religious novice or a mission seminarian ligious nov- ices. + Last summer, 2,000 Catholics and 25 priests gathered in Phnom Penh for the first ordination of a Cambodian priest since 1973. Following the ordi- nation, 98 young men and women participated in the first-ever meet- ing of young Cambodian Catholics. In addition, a seminary has been opened in Battambang, Cambodia, and at present there are six students in formation. 'b In Bangladesh, a the gatiq car( solr children. Sister of her work and her witness I Christ in Bangladesh. in the cities and villages, ence, just by my way of dri witness, she said. predominantly In the Missions, Sisters and 14,300 BI various apostolates, includin tion, health-care,