Monday, January 12, 2009

Regimes change, but Vietnamese devotion to Mary remains firm

by Thanh Thuy
It is a form of love and trust that emerged in the era of the kings and feudalism. Today, the people note that the children of Catholic families are not involved in drugs or criminal activities, and are improving social harmony. A special year of indulgence granted by Cardinal Stafford to the faithful of Thai Ha.

Hanoi (AsiaNews) - Vietnam has had to face war since the country was first founded. The population was governed for a thousand years by China, for a century by the French, and for 50 years it was divided into two parts, the south and the north. But in every age and under every regime, Vietnamese Catholics have had a special devotion to their Mother Mary.

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