Bishops ask faithful to be defenders of life
The statement said that the Church in Vietnam has focused its attention in the last three years on teaching and the practical application "of the Christian mystery, communion and mission."
Vietnamese bishops have urged the Catholic community to renew family life and observe ethics at the conclusion of the annual Bishops' conference in Ho Chi Minh City last week.
The bishops warned of the difficulties and challenges encountered in understanding the faith and following the path to be true disciples of Christ and witnesses of the Gospel, with the goal of "building a civilization of love and a culture of life."
The statement said that the Church in Vietnam has focused its attention in the last three years on teaching and the practical application "of the Christian mystery, communion and mission." The goal now moves to the "new evangelization" for the testimony of faith.
All Christians are to be proclaimers of the Word of God, starting from their families as the first and privileged core of life and witness of faith. The bishops urged those who have undergone separation, divorce and those who have experienced the “scourge of abortion” to renew their relationship with Christ and his Church.
The Vietnamese prelates suggested individual dioceses should pay attention to the formation of clergy, religious and lay people. It also appealed to writers, artists and Catholics involved in the world of communication and media to enhance the beauty of marriage and family life.