» 01/19/2012, 00.00
Vietnamese Church to promote justice and peace in the Year of the Dragon
Focusing on youth, the Church urges parents and children to further their understanding of justice and peace by looking at the example of Jesus and its social doctrine. Mgr Joseph Đinh Đức Đạo cites the example of Card Văn Thuận who went to jail but lived a life of “forgiveness and charity for his fellow men”.
30/01/2006 Hong Kong
Hong Kong's religious leaders: "society is deteriorating, our values can help"
Marking the beginning of the New Lunar Year, religious leaders come together to sign a common message of greetings to the population. "The virtues of Chinese culture are the building blocks of harmonious families, we offer our help to better moral standards".
Celebratiing the Year of the Pig in church as well
The New Year is traditionally a family affair, but also entails taking part in religious ceremonies. Many bishops express their best wishes to the faithful, asking them to make Tet a day of prayer.
26/01/2016 23:29:00 VIETNAM
Vietnam’s Catholic Church to celebrate upcoming Lunar New Year by helping the poor and orphans
With the help of Caritas, Vietnam’s 26 dioceses plan charitable activities for Lunar New Year. About 18 million people survive on less than a dollar a day in the Southeast Asian nation. Parishes provide food, medicine, psychological assistance and bursaries for the poor, the sick and orphans. “We do not raise a lot of money, but what we do raise provides rural families with an alternative to loan sharks who can charge up to 20 per cent."
With the new year, a vocational school for the youth of the diocese is born in Xuan Loc
Wanted by Bishop Dominique Nguyen Chu Trinh, the institute will open its doors in the next school year. A new method of teaching for 12 main courses, from tourism to woodworking, from computers to accountancy.
For many Vietnamese families the new lunar year begins in poverty
The world’s financial crisis has hit the country hard, causing the shutdown of many small- and medium-sized firms, the driving force behind the local economy. Tens of thousands have been laid off or forced to take temporary jobs. Children are among the victims, many forced to quit school to make some money doing odd jobs.
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