Lent of solidarity with the poor in Bùi Chu
More than 500 people, Catholic and non-Catholic, living on the edges of society benefited from the various initiatives.
Lenten initiatives in in the Diocese of Bui Chu in the province of Nam Dinh focussed on the poor and marginalised in the diocese that was one of the first in northern Vietnam to experience evangelisation in the past.
More than 500 people, Catholic and non-Catholic, living on the edges of society benefited from the various initiatives. Responding with enthusiasm to Pope Francis' call, Caritas volunteers took part in charitable works dedicated to the poor.
Bishop Toma Aquino Vu Dinh Hieu of Bui Chu, president of the Commission for Social Activities Caritas Vietnam, and diocesan Caritas director Father Joseph Tran Hung Dao closely followed all the initiatives.
Accompanied by a group of nuns, the prelate visited in person the poorest parishes and shelters in five districts.
During the last few weeks, youth groups and students had organised prayer and fasting in preparation for Easter. Special gatherings such as spiritual retreats for the less fortunate and social activities for marginalised people also were held as a joint venture of priests and the faithful.
Vietnam's 87 million people include 48% Buddhists, more than 7% Catholics, 5.6% syncretistic and 20% atheist. Though a minority, the Christian community is particularly active in education, health and social affairs.
Source: Vatican Radio