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Vietnamese Catholics focus on helping families in need

A couple arrives for their wedding Mass inside Hanoi’s Catholic cathedral. The Vietnamese bishops have recently launched a ministry program aiming to strengthen marriages. (Photo by Hoang Dinh Nam/AFP)

ucanews.com, reporter, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Vietnamese bishops have called upon Catholics to assist families in need during Lent, as part of a three-year ministry inspired by Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation on the family.

Bishop Paul Nguyen Thai Hop of Vinh Diocese wrote a Lenten letter that was read out during weekend Masses on March 3-4. “This Lent, I would like to invite all parishes to journey with young couples and families in need,” he said in the letter.

Bishop Hop said that caring for young couples and those in irregular unions is an urgent task in Vinh Diocese where there are 550,000 Catholics. The bishop called on parish priests to organize seminars and courses for married couples in accordance with Pope Francis’ “Amoris Laetitia” and the Vietnamese bishops’ Letter for Catholic Families issued on Nov. 20.