"There is a close nexus between the New Evangelization and the Cross of Christ"
Here is a translation of a homily given by Bishop Mario Toso, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, last Friday, to mark the 10th anniversary of the death of Cardinal François-Xavier Nguyễn Văn Thuận.
In a small Vietnamese parish, at least 450 children and teens will attend catechism classes. More than a hundred volunteer teachers will enthusiastically pass on the Gospel. For Fr Pham Minh, the Year of Faith can encourage the spirit of communion with priests and promote missionary activities.
Tens of thousands of pilgrims visit the country's most important Marian shrine. Mgr Girelli, who presided over the Eucharistic celebration, said that religious freedom is the highest value. The first stone for the new cathedral is laid.
The non-resident nuncio is currently visiting the Mekong Delta region. Greater efforts are needed to achieve a more balanced economic development. For this, people must place their trust in God, be compassionate and love one another in order to build a better and more peaceful world.