On this occasion, Fides Agency is publishing a dossier that offers a general overview of the Country and of the Vietnamese Church.
Up to some years ago, the name “Vietnam” was immediately associated to memories of the war.
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The history of Vietnam is not limited to those years, on the contrary, it begins many centuries before.The modern Vietnamese alphabet chữ Quốc ngữ was created by Portuguese and Italian Jesuit missionaries and institutionalized by Alexandre de Rhodes with the first printing of Catholic texts in Vietnamese in 1651, but not the Bible.Some New Testament extracts were translated and printed in catechisms in Thailand in 1872.More than 6000 members of Sydney's Vietnamese community are expected to attend an open air Mass in Bankstown on Saturday, 27 November to commemorate the feast day of the Vietnamese Martyrs.They will also pray for an end to the increasing persecution of Catholics by the government in Hanoi."Saturday is an important event for us as it gives us a chance to pay tribute to those who died for their faith dating back to the time of the first Portuguese missionaries to Vietnam, as well as helping us raise awareness about the Vietnam Communist Government's persecution of Catholics," says Fr Paul Van Chi Chu, Chaplain to Sydney's Vietnamese Community.