18 December, 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


» 03/03/2010
VIETNAM
Vietnamese Church prepares 650 catechumens for baptism
by J.B. VU
Newcomers to the fold will be baptised on Easter Sunday after completing a journey of faith during Lent. They were introduced to the community in the dioceses of Hanoi and Saigon before thousands of faithful.

Ho Chi Minh City (AsiaNews) – The Vietnamese Church will baptise 650 new catechumens on Easter Sunday. During Lent, 200 will be trained in Hanoi diocese; the other 450 will do the same in Ho Chi Minh City. They were introduced to the community last Sunday in the cathedrals of the respective dioceses. In Ho Chi Minh City, more than 1,500 worshippers took part in the Mass conducted by Card Pham Minh Man.

In welcoming the new catechumens, Mgr Joseph Ngo Quang Kiet, archbishop of Hanoi said, “You have the determination to follow Jesus. Thus, today you are introduced to our community and are on the eve of entering the Church and the family of God.” The prelate then invited everyone in the local community to contribute to the newcomers’ education by following the teachings of Christ.

“I studied the catechism for six months at the Redemptorist convent in Ho Chi Minh City,” said Mr Tai from Binh An ha Parish. “After the preparatory course, I took the final exam but failed. Still, I am going to continue with the second course. I hope I can be baptised and get marry by Easter.”

Many of those who choose to undertake the journey of faith ahead of baptism are Buddhist. “I saw Catholics live among us,” an old Buddhist said. “They believe in God and behave correctly towards us. So, I and my family have decided to know God better.”

In Vietnam, Catholics number around six million and represent 8.5 per cent of the population. Since 1975, the country has been run by a Communist government that limits religious freedom, subordinating religious activities to the approval of secular authorities. Catholics are often victims of violence and abuse.

Many people are attracted to the faith by the work performed by priests, religious and laity in favour of the poor and the sick. In spite of violence and the society’s materialism, people convert to Catholicism.

“An AIDS patient asked me recently, tears in his eyes, to help him follow the teachings of the Lord,” Brother Huang, a Franciscan friar, said.

For Mgr Dominique Nguyen Chu Trinh, bishop of Xuan Loc, helping orphans, the elderly and poor as well as the sick is one of the fundamental duties of every Catholic, and this brings people to the Church.

“The path through mountains and across rivers is not difficult,” he said, citing an old Vietnamese song; “it becomes difficult when we fear hardship.”

Last year, more than a thousand people were baptised in his diocese.


e-mail this to a friend printable version

See also
04/14/2009 VIETNAM
Easter solidarity in a Vietnam where poverty and marginalisation are at home
by J.B. Vu
10/20/2008 VIETNAM
After the “great turmoil” comes the joy of an auxiliary bishop, Monsignor Kiet says
09/25/2008 VIETNAM
In Ho Chi Minh City calls for justice and prayer for those who “persecute us”
by Ngo Quang Kiet
10/23/2014 VIETNAM
Saigon: with Pope Francis, Vietnam laity leads the journey of evangelisation
by Thanh Thuy
12/12/2006 VIETNAM
Can Gio: Church at service of the poor
by JB. Vu

Editor's choices
IRAQ - VATICAN
As 'Adopt a Christian from Mosul' continues, Mosul bishop notes that Jesus is born amid refugee containers
by Amel NonaPersecuted by the Islamic state, refugees have lost everything: belongings, home, jobs, school, and their future. Yet, their faith and mission remain strong. For them, almost 900,000 euros have been raised and sent. Pope Francis sends a message of closeness. The campaign continues according to the Patriarch of Baghdad's proposal of fasting and moderation at Christmas and New Year, with the money saved offered to the Christians of Mosul.
IRAQ
Chaldean Patriarch calls for fasting on Christmas Eve for refugees' return to Mosul
by Joseph MahmoudMar Louis Sako calls on the faithful not to celebrate Christmas and New Year in a "worldly" fashion, with pomp and abundance, out of solidarity with the people who fled the Nineveh plains, persecuted by the Islamic Army. AsiaNews is joining the fast proposed by the Patriarch and calls on all readers to give what they would have otherwise spent in support of the campaign 'Adopt a Christian from Mosul'.
IRAQ - ITALY
Letter from Archbishop of Mosul: Thank you for your aid, supporting the plight of refugees
by Amel NonaThe donations made through the "Adopt a Christian from Mosul" campaign are used to buy food, warm clothes, blankets for refugees and rent houses or caravans given the early onset of winter and. Two women have defended their Christian faith before the Islamist militants who wanted to convert them, despite the threat of death. A refugee among refugees, Msgr. Nona discovers a new way of being a pastor.

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.