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US Church Receives Tens of Thousands of New Catholics this Easter

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US Church Receives Tens of Thousands of New Catholics this Easter

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles alone welcomed 1,700 catechumens and 1,127 candidates.

By entering the Catholic Church, catechumens and candidates are joining the history of God’s plan to redeem the world from sin, Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron said as the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults process began in February.

“It is by communion with Jesus Christ that God’s history becomes our history,” Archbishop Vigneron told the congregation in his homily on February 18 during the first milestone in RCIA — the Rite of Election.

“In this communion, your baptism becomes a marriage between yourself and God and the church. In his midst, Jesus gives himself to be owned by the church,” he said. Everything Jesus has belongs to the church. And the church has nothing but what Jesus gives her.”

This RCIA process, carried out in parishes and dioceses across the United States, came full circle as the U.S. Church welcomed thousands of new Catholics at Easter Vigil Masses on March 31.


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