Gets New Papal Nuncio
JUNE 17, 2004 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II named Archbishop Emil Paul
Tscherrig as apostolic nuncio in Mongolia. The archbishop is also
nuncio in Korea.
Formed 11 years
ago, the young Catholic community of Mongolia grew by a third last
Easter when more than 100 catechumens were baptized. The community
has two parishes and a cathedral.
first evangelization dates back to the seventh century, the Church
was really established after the fall of the atheistic Communist
regime. The overwhelming majority of Mongolia's 2.7 million inhabitants
are Buddhist. About 4% are Muslim.
the Holy See established diplomatic relations in 1997.
Tscherrig, 57, has been apostolic nuncio in several Caribbean countries.
He was named nuncio in Korea on May 22.
He is replacing
Archbishop Giovanni Battista Morandini, who was named apostolic
nuncio in Syria last March.
No holiday, but Mongolia's Catholics prepare for Christmas celebration
Dec. 18, 2003 (FIDES/CWNews.com)
"It will be a Christmas of joy and hope in Mongolia, where
the Church was established only eleven years ago," said Bishop
Wenceslaw Padilla told the Fides news service.
the Prefect Apostolic of Ulan Bator, told Fides that the country's
small Catholic community is "preparing with fervor for the
December 25 is not a holiday, but we will are creating a spiritual
atmosphere of joy and expectancy which will culminate with Midnight
Mass on December 24, which people can attend because it is after
working hours," the bishop said.
In a country
where Christianity is virtually unknown, Catholics face special
challenges during the Christmas season, the bishop pointed out to
Fides. While the tiny Catholic community will organize special celebrations,
their neighbors will not understand their activities. As a result,
the celebration itself can be a moment for evangelization. One priest
told Fides, "I have told them that Christmas is the birthday
of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is important to explain, because many
have never heard of Christmas before."
Mongolian Ordinations Presided Over by Vatican Aide
Mongolia, JULY 10, 2002 (Zenit.org).- The Church's apostolic prefecture
of Mongolia has two new priests and a new deacon.
Sepe, prefect of the Vatican Congregation for the Evangelization
of Peoples, ordained the three during a four-day visit to this northern
arrived in Mongolia last Saturday from South Korea. On Sunday, he
presided over the ordination Mass.
homily, Cardinal Sepe said the event was "an important step
forward in the history of the Church in Mongolia, a young community,
which is only 10 years of age."
the ordinands, he said, "Although they are not natives of the
country, they have made Mongolia their home and land of hope."
John Paul II raised this mission territory to the level of apostolic
prefecture, thus laying the bases for the organization of an ecclesiastical
Wenceslaw Padilla, religious of the Congregation of the Immaculate
Heart of Mary (a Scheut missionary), will continue as superior of
the Church in Mongolia. His religious family has been entrusted
with the prefecture.
Granted Status of Apostolic Prefecture
Alaska-Size Nation with 100 Catholics Is Upgraded from
JULY 8, 2002 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II consolidated the birth of
the Church in Mongolia, one of the countries in the world with the
fewest number of Catholics, by establishing an apostolic prefecture.
is the first step in the organization of an ecclesiastical hierarchy
in a specific territory.
To date, the
Church structure was the mission "sui iuris" (of its own
right) of Urga, now Ulan-Bator, entrusted to the missionaries of
the Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (CIHM).
Catholic community numbers only about 100 people, up from virtually
none a decade ago. Four CIHM priests work in the country, as well
as two Fidei Donum priests from South Korea. Six Salesian religious,
who will open a vocational center, are expected in the near future.
are five women CIHM missionaries, four Missionaries of Charity,
and four religious of the Congregation of St. Paul of Chartres.
The Pope appointed
Immaculate Heart of Mary Father Filipino Wens Padilla as first apostolic
prefect of Ulan-Bator. Until now Father Padilla was superior of
the mission "sui iuris."
nation in northern Asia has a population of about 3 million.
The Holy See
assigned the pastoral care of Mongolia to the CIHM missionaries
as early as 1921. But they could not go there because the following
year Mongolia was involved in the Soviet revolution, "falling
inexorably under the control of Moscow," a Vatican press statement
than 70 years Mongolia maintained nominal independence as, in fact,
it depended for everything on Moscow. The Catholic Church was removed
from that land," the Vatican note continues.
immediately after the fall of the Soviet empire, the government
of Ulan-Bator requested the Holy See to send Catholic missionaries
and to establish diplomatic relations," the statement adds.
This is how
the CIHM missionaries were able to carry out the papal pastoral
request made to them 70 years earlier. When the first religious
arrived, they found no Christian communities.
of the ecclesial action undertaken and the increase in the number
of local Catholics give hope for the future," the Vatican note
in the home of Genghis Khan
(Fides) The tiny Catholic community in the young state of Mongolia
formerly part of Soviet Union, is growing. This year the Catholic
Mission sui juris of Ulan Bator established in 1992, is marking
its 10 anniversary this year. It is administered by Rev. Wens Padila
CICM missionary. In view of a pastoral visit to Mongolia by Cardinal
Crescenzio Sepe, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization
of Peoples, from 2-10 July, Fides Service is preparing a dossier
on the Church in this part of Asia. The dossier complete with photographs
will be available in www.fides.org and include also Mp3 files with
In 1992 the
Republic of Mongolia and the Holy See established diplomatic relations.
Today the community comprises about 130 Catholics and 33 missionaries
of various institutes who work in various fields: education, social
assistance, home for street children. Almost 90% of the population,
a little more than 2 million is Tibetan Buddhist. There are small
groups of other Christians, Russian Orthodox and some protestant