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Vatican delegation heading to Vietnam for cardinal’s beatification cause

 

Ho Chi Minh City (UCAN): Jean Baptiste Cardinal Pham Minh Man of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, announced on January 1 that a delegation from the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace plans to visit the country from March 23 to April 9 to meet and listen to witnesses in connection with the beatification cause of Francis Xavier Cardinal Nguyen Van Thuan, which was officially launched by the council on 22 October 2010

Cardinal Thuan was named coadjutor archbishop of Saigon archdiocese seven days before South Vietnam fell to the communist north on 30 April 1975. The communist authorities rejected his appointment and imprisoned him for 13 years, nine of them in solitary confinement in the north. He was released in 1988 and allowed to travel overseas in 1991. While abroad, he was barred from returning to Vietnam.

In 1994, he became the first Vietnamese bishop to hold a high Vatican office Blessed Pope John Paul II called him to Rome and appointed him vice-president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. He was later council president from 1998 until he died of cancer at the age of 74 in 2002.

In the announcement, Cardinal Man said, “I would like to invite you all to fervently pray for our beloved cardinal’s beatification and canonisation process to be completed soon.” He also urged priests, religious and laypeople who knew or had met the late cardinal to bear witness to his holiness and virtues before the Vatican delegation.

He said the cause for his predecessor’s sainthood was a great honour for the Church in Vietnam, especially the archdiocese.

 

Cardinal Thuan was named coadjutor archbishop of Saigon archdiocese seven days before South Vietnam fell to the communist north on 30 April 1975. The communist authorities rejected his appointment and imprisoned him for 13 years, nine of them in solitary confinement in the north

 

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