Around 30,000 Americans became Catholic this Easter, according to the US Catholic News Service.

About 85 of the nearly 200 dioceses across the nation reported their numbers of catechumens and candidates for full communion to the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Based on these numbers, more than 30,000 people were expected to be welcomed into the Church.

Catechumens – who have never previously been baptised – received baptism, confirmation and first Communion at the Easter Vigil.

Candidates, who have already been baptised in another Christian tradition, entered the Church through a profession of faith, being confirmed and receiving the Eucharist.

Although one can become Catholic at any time of year, the Easter Vigil is the most common time.

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