29 May, 2015 AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook            

Help AsiaNews | About us | P.I.M.E. | | RssNewsletter | Mobile






mediazioni e arbitrati, risoluzione alternativa delle controversie e servizi di mediazione e arbitrato
e-mail this to a friend printable version


» 09/21/2012
VIETNAM
Cardinal Nguyen Van Thuan, a good citizen and a noble pastor
by Thanh Thuy
The late cardinal remembered 10 years after his death. . "Although imprisoned for 13 years by the communist government he never blamed anyone, he hated no one and had no vindictive feelings towards 'our brothers.'"

Ho Chi Minh City (AsiaNews) - A Mass concelebrated by seven priests, with the participation of more than two thousand faithful in the Cathedral in Ho Chi Minh City on the 10th anniversary of the death of Cardinal FX. Nguyen Van Thuan, was also attended by some relatives of the late cardinal.

Father Joseph, of the cathedral of Notre Dame,  recalled the cardinal who was head of the archdiocese of Saigon, "even in difficult situations, though he was not physically close to the faithful and the priests of the archdiocese, he always cared for our souls. Anyone who came into contact with him has been forever changed in the way they live".

Father Dominic Trương Kim Hương, who studied under the Cardinal at the major seminary Xuan Bich from 1964 to 1965 described how "the cardinal wanted to improve the lives of all. Although imprisoned for 13 years by the communist government he never blamed anyone, he hated no one and had no vindictive feelings towards 'our brothers.' His behavior profoundly impressed those who watched him and thanks to his loving care, some Communist officials have been baptized and have become good Catholics and good citizens. "

Father Joseph said that the cardinal's motto was "Gaudium et Spes, joy and hope." It is also the name of the Vatican II constitution, in which the Church clearly states that it does not see the world as hostile, dark, fearful, and neither excludes nor condemns it, but in which the Church opens to dialogue with all and in all social situations ".

Card. Van Thuan said that "dialogue means meeting and understanding one another, creating a path of hope and joy of life. That is why he chose the motto" Joy and Hope", because he was always able to see hope. Through dialogue, Christ helps us to hear the voice of God. "

The relatives of the cardinal described his good character: he was simple, sociable, interested in people and did not hate anyone. A Communist official said that "he was a living saint." He taught us that "when you go to church, pray, close your eyes and listen to the Word of God."

"The Cardinal - many young people told AsiaNews - was a holy person, a noble and virtuous pastor."

 


e-mail this to a friend printable version

See also
09/20/2010 VIETNAM
Eighth anniversary of the death of Card. Nguyen Van Thuan marked
by Thanh Thuy
07/26/2011 VIETNAM
Father Nguyen Van Ly arrested again
by TT
04/07/2011 VIETNAM
In Vietnam seminarians forced to study how to defend Communist Party
by J.B, An Dang
10/18/2010 VIETNAM
Death of Mgr. Emmanuel Le Phong Thuan, bishop of Can Tho
by J. B. An Dang
09/21/2009 VIETNAM
Cardinal Van Thuan, an example of holiness for Vietnamese Catholics
by J.B.Vu

Editor's choices
ASIA
Vigil for persecuted Christians, our teachers in the mission in the West
by Bernardo CervelleraThe "wall of indifference and cynicism" and the silence and apathy so often denounced by Pope Francis have become almost a fortress. Such persecution reflects confessional manipulation, which slams Islam as such, and ideological manipulation, which forgets what is happening in North Korea or China. An increasingly post-Christian Europe seems disinterested in Christians.
RUSSIA – CHINA
Moscow Patriarchate: China authorises the ordination of Chinese Orthodox priests on its territory
by Marta AllevatoMetropolitan Hilarion, the Moscow Patriarchate’s ‘foreign minister’, made the announcement after a visit to China where he met the leaders of the State Administration for Religious Affairs. The first priest should serve in Harbin. Two more ordinations are expected. With a new Cold War as the background, the Moscow-Beijing strategic alliance also has a Church connection with the People's Republic recognising the latter’s 'political' role in Russia.
VATICAN
Pope: We and the four new saints, witnesses of the Resurrection "where forgetfulness of God and human disorientation are most evident "Francis proclaims four religious sisters saints: one French, one Italian, two Palestinians: Maria Alfonsina Danil Ghattas, the foundress of the Sisters of the Rosary, and the Carmelite Maria of Crucified Jesus (nee Maria Bawardy). Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority present. "Abiding in Christ" and cultivating “unity among us" are essential signs of witness. Maria Bawardy, "instrument of encounter and communion with the Muslim world".

Dossier

by Giulio Aleni / (a cura di) Gianni Criveller
pp. 176
Copyright © 2003 AsiaNews C.F. 00889190153 All rights reserved. Content on this site is made available for personal, non-commercial use only. You may not reproduce, republish, sell or otherwise distribute the content or any modified or altered versions of it without the express written permission of the editor. Photos on AsiaNews.it are largely taken from the internet and thus considered to be in the public domain. Anyone contrary to their publication need only contact the editorial office which will immediately proceed to remove the photos.