Rome, Italy, Apr 6, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Yan Xu is an artist from the central China city of Wuhan. What she drew one day would change her life.Confused about her future after resigning from a job in 2003, she found herself at an unlikely place.“At that time, I used to carry a sketchbook and pen with me, and spent all the day time on urban sketching,” she told CNA. “I like to sketch the classical buildings of the city, and this is how I found St. Joseph’s Cathedral, which is built downtown.” She said she found the Church to be “magnificent, beautiful.”“I stayed there and then came back there to sketch my painting,” she said. “On the third day, a Catholic priest came and talked to me about the Catholic faith. For years, I had not cared about religion, and I wanted to know more about faith.”“I attended the Mass every Sunday, and prayed to the Lord that he show me the way, even though I was not Catholic.”It took her nearly seven years to be baptized, and she came into the Church at St. Joseph’s Cathedral during the Easter Vigil of 2011.Yan said there is a sense in China that “more and more people are looking for a way, and for real life… the true life that is meaningful and filled with mercy and the glory of God. So, praise be to the Lord.”“China is far from Rome, but Catholics in China always pray that the Pope will visit our land someday in the future,” she said.Being a Catholic in China, however, means being part of a minority. Out of 10 million people in Wuhan, just 30,000 people are Catholic.

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