» 02/23/2008, 00.00
Ho Chi Minh City, Catholics at work against AIDS and prostitution
The diocesan committee of pastoral and social activities has organised a meeting to assess the social activities of the Church: the first challenge is against AIDS, prostitution, and the drama of children on the streets.
Vietnamese Catholics want to fully participate in their country’s development
Cardinal Phạm Minh Mẫn stresses how the economic development that followed the decision to open Vietnam’s economy to market forces has had negative consequences. These include a rural exodus and the decline of traditional moral values, partly as a result of the arrogance of those in power and a lack of preparation.
From drinking water to catechism: ferment of social and pastoral activities for migrants
In Ho Chi Minh City there are almost over 2 million immigrants; for them the parishes are the main source of support which the government fails to provide, in order to face the problems of big cities.
Ho Chi Minh City: church celebrates new parish dedicated to children
The church of St John the Baptist was completed and inaugurated with a solemn mass. Cardinal Pham Minh Man presided over the celebration and reminded the faithful about the importance of prayer and education of youth, the primary commitment of the new structure.
Social action heralds faith in Ho Chi Minh City
Pastoral ministry is under way among disabled people, blind children, drug addicts and street children. The deputy president of the People’s Committee gave the diocese the green light to set up a centre for people with AIDS.
In southern Vietnam Church increasingly present among troubled youth
Volunteers and street counsellors work among kids abandoned by their families, trying to survive in a materialist society.
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