01/04/2018, 14.57
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Hanoi archdiocese committed to young people and families

by Nguyen Hung

Scores of people actively participate in ‘Family love extends God’s love’, a meeting that brought more than a hundred young families together in Giang Xá parish. The Youth Ministry Commission in Phủ Lý district met in An Phú.

Hanoi (AsiaNews) - The parishes of the Archdiocese of Hanoi have organised meetings, workshops, group discussions and pastoral activities for Catholic youth and families in response to a call issued by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Vietnam to "accompany" them in 2018.

More than a hundred Catholic youth and families actively lived and expressed their Christian faith at a meeting titled ‘Family love extends God’s love’ held on 31 December in the parish of Giang Xá to discuss the topic of ‘The whole family love each other’.

The local parish priest, Fr Peter Tạ Văn Tuân, and the participants addressed several topics, such as ‘the difficulties of newlywed couples’, ‘the difficulties in raising children’, ‘the differences between young Catholics and non-Catholics in marriage’, and ‘the real situation of abortion and prevention activities’.

In his homily during the Mass celebrated for the occasion, Fr Peter Tạ Văn Tuân emphasised "four aspects of the family mission", namely teaching love, serving life, contributing to social development and to the Church.

The clergyman called on the faithful to reserve a place at for God at the centre of their family and to follow the example of Saint Joseph. The latter’s was "a family of peace in poverty, prayer in work, love in humility, and holiness in simplicity".

On the same day, the parish of An Phú organised the quarterly meeting of the Youth Pastoral Commission of the District of Phủ Lý.

Fr Joseph Bùi Quang Tào, president of the district’s young Catholics, and his deputy, Fr Paul Nguyễn Hữu Hiệp, joined 40 young people representing the area’s 27 parishes.

The young people also met to assess the pastoral activities in 2017 and prepare for the ‘Youth Congress to welcome the lunar New Year 2018’.

The event is scheduled for 25 February, the tenth day of Mậu Tuất, the Year of the Dog.

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