Mobile apps help some Catholics in freezing northeastern China

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January 9, 2016

A swimmer competes in a pool carved from thick ice covering China's Songhua River during the Harbin Ice Swimming Competition in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province. (CNS photo/Aly Song, Reuters) See CATHOLICS-CHINA-WINTER-APPS Jan. 8, 2016.

A swimmer competes in a pool carved from thick ice covering China’s Songhua River during the Harbin Ice Swimming Competition in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province. (CNS photo/Aly Song, Reuters)

HONG KONG (CNS) — Catholic communities in China’s northeastern provinces are using social media to evangelize in the freezing and smoggy winter while still offering pastoral care directly to the elderly Catholics to fill the digital gap, reported ucanews.com.

In Jilin, Heilongjiang and Liaoning provinces, the average temperature drops below freezing for four to six months a year. About 100,000 Catholics live in each of the three northeastern provinces.

“Our community will dispatch small gifts when evangelizing in summer,” a Catholic in Harbin who identified herself as Teresa told ucanews.com. “But in winter it is just too cold and now that the smog gets serious year by year, it makes us reluctant to go out.”

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