Faith in Mongolia: Catholicism Grew After Fall of Communism

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After the fall of communism in 1991, religious practice was restored in Mongolia.

Buddhism had been predominant before communism and is again the most widely practiced religion in Mongolia.

However, with the end of religious repression, the Catholic community began to grow.

A missionary from the Philippines was named Mongolia’s first Catholic bishop in 2003.

There are now just under 1,500 Catholics in the country. 

Pope Francis will visit the country for the first time on Friday, Aug. 31.

Elise Allen, senior correspondent for Crux, joins Currents News to discuss the historic papal trip.