China recently deployed a deep sea oil rig and supporting vessels into waters long claimed by Vietnam, a move that angered Vietnamese bishops.
At his installation today, the new archbishop of Ho Chi Minh City Archdiocese said bishops need to meet Jesus so as to serve the church effectively.
Some 650 catechumens from 32 parishes attended a special ceremony led by Archbishop Paul Bui Van Doc of Ho Chi Minh City Archdiocese at the pastoral center on March 30. Over 350 people among them are expected to receive the sacraments of Christian initiation to become Catholics on this year’s Easter Vigil, April 19.
Some of them shared their faith experiences with NCR.
Major seminaries are erecting new buildings and upgrading basic facilities to meet the growing need of giving priestly formation to students in Vietnam. This comes amid a relaxation of seminary enrollment rules by the government.
Cardinal John Baptist Pham Minh Man of the Ho Chi Minh City Archdiocese told NRC that in recent years the government has eased its limitations on recruitment, priestly ordination and the reshuffling of priests.
Healthcare in Vietnam is difficult to access, especially for the poor, but an interfaith clinic co-founded by Catholic sisters in Ho Chi Minh City helps meet the needs of people who otherwise struggle with the services provided by state-run hospitals.
At the age of 80, Cardinal John Baptist Pham Minh Man resigns from his post and is remembered by colleagues as a sympathetic leader whose work to build the church in Vietnam was marked by balance and reconciliation.
Vietnamese bishops are urging their priests to reach out to people who have problems in their marriages while asking Catholics to pursue family values.
The place of women in Vietnamese society is complex. Due to long-standing cultural traditions, most women still face a difficult time in terms of achieving gender equality. Since the adoption of the Gender Equality Law, effective July 2007, some progress has been made, and the Catholic church is playing a role in helping women gain confidence and respect.
Dominican Fr. Thomas Thien Tran Minh Cam devoted the past 30 years to reconciling the Catholic church and Vietnam's communist government.
In service for 22 years, the Kim Long healthcare clinic run by Daughters of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception sisters in Hue City provides an important safety net to people who live in remote areas or who cannot afford to pay fees at state-run hospitals.