» 06/30/2006, 00.00
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.
North Vietnam: a diocese "saved" by prayer
In Bac Ninh, Catholics survived for decades without priests who had fled communism. But lay people kept prayer alive. Today efforts are under way to transmit its value and importance to youth through an original initiative.
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.
Severe crisis for traditional model of Vietnamese family
More people are divorcing, or separating into nuclear families. Preoccupation with making money is overshadowing concern for children's education. Since last year, the bishops have been urging family education. A pastoral letter from Cardinal Pham Minh Man.
Manila: "Mass for life" celebrates abolition of death penalty
Those who lobbied for the abolition of the death penalty participated in the event. The bishop of Pasig urged the faithful not to forget detainees, who need a new way of living their lives.
Vietnamese church tells youth: first spiritual, then economic, development
A big meeting was held in the diocese of Ho Chi Minh City for hundreds of young people from different parishes. Commitment to serving others and to fostering personal growth was stressed.
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