2 September, 2014 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


» 09/13/2012
VIETNAM
Hundreds to attend catechism to boost Christian faith in Ba Ria
by J.B. Vu
In a small Vietnamese parish, at least 450 children and teens will attend catechism classes. More than a hundred volunteer teachers will enthusiastically pass on the Gospel. For Fr Pham Minh, the Year of Faith can encourage the spirit of communion with priests and promote missionary activities.

Ho Chi Minh City (AsiaNews) - In Long Huong parish (Ba Ria Diocese, south-eastern Vietnam), catechism lessons will provide ways to educate children and youth about Christ and teach them the value of an education that includes religion. They will also enable them to take part in Mass and receive the communion every day. In recent days, the parish vicar, who also heads the youth committee, inaugurated the new catechistic year for 2012-2013, which is open to 450 children and teens. About a hundred volunteer catechists will impart the lessons.

In an interview with AsiaNews, Fr Pham Minh Tan said that parents and parishioners are happy to take part in the activity. In the past weeks, catechists have met with education specialists to get to nub of the subject matter "with ideas and initiatives meant to improve participation and learning."

Participants and promoters alike want to "educate parish kids about the faith." One of the catechists is a 16-year-old woman, Vinh, who said she was "very happy" to have participated in the "meeting groups". She said she appreciated the instructions received from the parish priest, "who encouraged us to learn and share the Good News with other children of the community."

For the Vietnamese priest, it is important to encourage teens and children to do their daily duties, strengthen their faith and promote lifestyles that correspond to the Christian religion.

In addition, "We are building a pastoral centre that will be ready in 2013," Fr Pham Minh Tan said.

As youth committee president, he noted that for the Year of Faith, it is necessary "to reinforce the spirit of communion with priests, exchange pastoral experiences, promote charity activities, and become missionaries within the small communities" across the territory.

"I saw with my own eyes how much children and catechists are happy," a woman told AsiaNews. "They are honest and loving towards one another." At home, they are good kids and they will be "honest people in society and the Church."


e-mail this to a friend printable version

See also
07/30/2010 VIETNAM
A festival on mission and catechism in the diocese of Lang Son - Cao Bang
by J.B. Vu
01/11/2014 VIETNAM
Vietnamese Jesuits mark 400 years of mission with a solemn Mass
05/07/2013 VIETNAM
New Evangelisation, bearing witness to Christ among Vietnam's non-believers
by Thanh Thuy
04/10/2013 VIETNAM
Evangelisation and the new constitution at the centre of the Vietnamese Bishops' assembly
06/15/2012 VIETNAM
In the footsteps of Redemptorists, Vietnamese laity promoting evangelisation
by Trung Tin

Editor's choices
IRAQ-ITALY
"Adopt a Christian from Mosul," the thanks of the Patriarch Louis Sako; the concerns of the Bishop of Kurdistan
by Bernardo CervelleraThe head of the Chaldean Church is grateful for the AsiaNews campaign and hopes that "this chain of solidarity will reach far and wide”. Helping refugees to remain in Iraq. But many want to flee abroad. The bishop of Amadiyah where thousands of displaced people have found haven in churches and homes: We also help the Arabs (Muslims), and Yazidis, for free and without looking at our confessional differences.
ITALY - IRAQ
"Adopt a Christian from Mosul" to respond directly to Iraq's emergencyAsiaNews is launching a fundraiser to support Christians targeted by the Islamic State, thus responding to a request by the Patriarch of Baghdad and Pope Francis's urgent appeal "to guarantee all necessary assistance - especially the most urgently needed aid - to the great multitude of people who have been driven from their homes, whose fate depends entirely on the solidarity of others." More than 100,000 people have been forced to flee their homes leaving everything behind and now have nothing to live on. To help them, five euros a day are enough. The funds raised will be sent to the Patriarchate of Baghdad, which will distribute them according to the needs of each family.
CHINA - VATICAN
Wenzhou bishop and priests slam government's campaign against crosses and churches in Zhejiang
by Eugenia ZhangFor Mgr Vincent Zhu Weifang, from the official Church, the campaign of destruction is increasing social instability. It is real persecution against the Christian faith. The bishop apologises for failing to intervene sooner. He was hoping that the campaign would end quickly. Catholics and Protestants suffer injuries as they attempt to defend their sacred buildings. For priests in Wenzhou, the campaign is unfair and touches buildings that have all the right papers. Such "stupid acts" by the government are undermining social harmony.

Dossier
by Giulio Aleni / (a cura di) Gianni Criveller
pp. 176
by Lazzarotto Angelo S.
pp. 528
by Bernardo Cervellera
pp. 240
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.