Catholics from a focal Vietnam bishopric have praised their 400th celebration year and remembered those martyrs who sacrificed lives for spreading the faith. Around 10,000 Catholics went to the opening festival on July 26 to stamp the 400th commemoration of Catholicism being presented in Qui Nhon Diocese.
Diocese supervisor Leopoldo Girelli, Vatican’s non- resident agent of Vietnam, managed the exceptional Mass held in the compound of the old Lang Song Seminary in Tuy Phuoc District of Binh Dinh Province.
Additionally present at the occasion were Archbishop Joseph Nguyen Chi Linh of Hue, leader of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Vietnam, five different diocesans and several ministers.
From that mission station, the preachers started acquainting Catholicism with the zone and neighboring spots, Bishop Khoi said. The teachers made Vietnamese Romanization or “quoc ngu” which is today the national language.
The anniversary meant to “commemorate the merits of our ancestors who sacrificed their own lives and poured blood and sweat for the evangelization work in the motherland of Qui Nhon,” Bishop Khoi said. The prelate likewise argued the assembly to “take after the cases of our predecessors to bloom the seeds of confidence that they sowed.”
More than 20,300 Catholics were killed by neighborhood specialists amid the seventeenth to nineteenth hundreds of years. Among them was Andrew Phu Yen (1625-1644), the primary Vietnamese witness who kicked the bucket for the Catholic confidence on July 26, 1644.
He was glorified on March 5, 2000 by St. Pope John Paul II. The devour of Blessed Andrew Phu Yen, who is benefactor of catechists in Vietnam, is seen on July 26.
Three martyrs — Francis Gagelin Kinh, Andrew Nguyen Kim Thong and Stephanus Cuenot The — were sanctified by St. Pope John Paul II on June 19, 1988. Amid the Mass, nearby Catholics offered incense before a precursors’ holy place and viewed social exhibitions delineating hardships and sufferings of Catholics amid the ward’s long history.
The bishopric covers the three areas of Binh Dinh, Phu Yen and Quang Ngai. It has 72,733 Catholics in 60 areas and subparishes. It is served by 124 priest and 280 nuns.