On Easter night, Cambodia’s Catholic community will celebrate the baptism of 294 people: 154 in the capital Phnom Penh, 80 in Battambang and 60 in Kampong Cham (capitals of their respective homonymous provinces), said Mgr Olivier Michel Marie Schmitthaeusler, apostolic vicar of Phnom Penh, on the occasion of the Chrism Mass celebrated on 9 April (pictures).
About 80 local priests took part in the service in which Mgr Schmitthaeusler urged the faithful to live their mission of baptised and sent, in accordance with the theme of the next Extraordinary Month of the Mission called by Pope Francis in 2017. ‘Baptised and sent: The Church of Christ on a mission in the world’ will be celebrated in October 2019.
In his homily, the apostolic vicar said that “In Cambodia, the Extraordinary Month of the Mission is a sort of ‘powerful reminder’ of the ordinary life of our baptised and sent.”
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