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In the footsteps of Redemptorists, Vietnamese laity promoting evangelisation
In Our Lady of Mutual Help Parish in Ho Chi Minh City, thousands of people took part in a Mass to encourage missionary works. Proclaiming the Word of God is a task that belongs to all members of the laity. For parish vicar, the Redemptorists are an "example and model" for mission. "Each believer is called to proclaim the Word of God," Vietnamese Catholic says.
Thousands attend Fr Etienne Chan Tin's funeral, Christian symbol of the struggle for rights
The Redemptorist clergyman died on 1 December at the age of 92. He fought against various regimes and acts of oppression in his writings and speeches. Civil society and the witness of the Christian faith were at the centre of his political battles. For him, "forgiveness" as a Christian commandment and an element of the national culture was an important value.
Vietnamese Jesuits mark 400 years of mission with a solemn Mass
The Holy Year ends on 18 January 2015, exactly four centuries after the Jesuits set foot in the country for the first time. In order to mark the occasion, they set up a website listing all major events associated with the anniversary. One of the aims of the commemoration is the spiritual renewal of the members of the Society of Jesus and those who have adopted its charism.
New Evangelisation, bearing witness to Christ among Vietnam's non-believers
In the Year of Faith, the local Church promotes the task of mission to "meet Jesus in friendship." In late April, more than 400 priests met in the north for their annual gathering, to share "humanity, spirituality, social and pastoral issues." For the papal representative, priests are "ministers of the Word of God for all".
Evangelisation and the new constitution at the centre of the Vietnamese Bishops' assembly
The Conference of Bishops held its first general meeting of 2013, focusing on internal challenges, such as relations with Hanoi, and Pope Francis's first steps. Many issues, from pastoral care to diocesan reform, were covered in an atmosphere of calm and "deep spirituality". Mgr Girelli attended the proceedings.
Hundreds to attend catechism to boost Christian faith in Ba Ria
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.
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