» 03/03/2010, 00.00
Vietnamese Church prepares 650 catechumens for baptism
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.
Easter solidarity in a Vietnam where poverty and marginalisation are at home
The Easter solemnity is celebrated in churches and centres of missionary action among AIDS patients, drug addicts and old people left alone. Government papers praise Easter.
After the “great turmoil” comes the joy of an auxiliary bishop, Monsignor Kiet says
In a letter to the faithful, the archbishop of Hanoi highlights the statement by the Bishops’ Council on “frank and direct” dialogue and prayer. There are fears that attacks against the prelate by Hanoi mayor, “rising star’ in Vietnam’ politics, will continue.
In Ho Chi Minh City calls for justice and prayer for those who “persecute us”
About 7,000 people take part in a prayer vigil during which participants express communion with Hanoi Catholics, victims of a vicious attack by city authorities and the Communist Party. A “drastic action” against the Catholic community is feared.
Saigon: with Pope Francis, Vietnam laity leads the journey of evangelisation
On the day dedicated to the missions, parishes in Ho Chi Minh City celebrated hundreds of baptisms. Many young couples and future brides and grooms attended courses on the family in society. A newly baptised said he wants to build a "happy family" on the model of that of Saint Joseph.
Can Gio: Church at service of the poor
The district is one of the poorest of Ho Chi Minh City. Families living there do not even have drinking water. Thanks to the example of Catholic volunteers, 300 people from other religions have been baptized over time.
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