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China

As a country of 1.4 billion people rose from poverty, self-isolation and political chaos to become much more prosperous, globalized, and influential on the world stage, China has also experienced a re-blossoming of its religious life — including Catholic life. Among ordinary Catholics, religious practice is flourishing and evolving in a variety of fascinating ways, as the Chinese Catholics find their place in the larger Catholic world and discern how to respond to so many changes in Chinese society.

Meanwhile, in a remote river valley near the borders of Tibet and Burma, minority peoples in a chain of villages continue to practice a unique form of Catholicism that honors the legacy of French missionaries who introduced the faith to them in the 19th and 20th centuries.

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Demographics

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  • 3.United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime, Homicide Statistics 2015.
  • 4.Transparency International, Corruption Perceptions Index 2016.
  • 5.UNICEF, State of the World's Children, 2016.
  • 6.Statistical Yearbook of the Church, 2015. Vatican City: Librera Editrice Vaticana, 2017.
  • 7.World Economic Forum, The Global Gender Gap Report, 2016.