A woman prays at a cathedral in Beijing. Experts estimate that there were as many as 12 million Catholics on the mainland as of last year, with about half of the congregations under a state-sanctioned association. The rest belong to non-sanctioned or so-called 'underground' churches. Photo: AFPA woman prays at a cathedral in Beijing. Experts estimate that there were as many as 12 million Catholics on the mainland as of last year, with about half of the congregations under a state-sanctioned association. The rest belong to non-sanctioned or so-called 'underground' churches. Photo: AFP
A woman prays at a cathedral in Beijing. Experts estimate that there were as many as 12 million Catholics on the mainland as of last year, with about half of the congregations under a state-sanctioned association. The rest belong to non-sanctioned or so-called 'underground' churches. Photo: AFP

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A woman prays at a cathedral in Beijing. Experts estimate that there were as many as 12 million Catholics on the mainland as of last year, with about half of the congregations under a state-sanctioned association. The rest belong to non-sanctioned or so-called 'underground' churches. Photo: AFPA woman prays at a cathedral in Beijing. Experts estimate that there were as many as 12 million Catholics on the mainland as of last year, with about half of the congregations under a state-sanctioned association. The rest belong to non-sanctioned or so-called 'underground' churches. Photo: AFP
A woman prays at a cathedral in Beijing. Experts estimate that there were as many as 12 million Catholics on the mainland as of last year, with about half of the congregations under a state-sanctioned association. The rest belong to non-sanctioned or so-called 'underground' churches. Photo: AFP
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