February 21, 2006

WE'LL WIN THE WAR YET:

In Vietnam, Christianity gains quietly: Roman Catholicism takes hold, especially among the young and urban. (Simon Montlake, 2/22/06, The Christian Science Monitor)

Today, [the Rev. Peter Phuc's] 19th-century cathedral is packed with worshippers on Sundays, and Catholic seminaries are expanding. New churches are mushrooming in this corner of northern Vietnam where Catholicism has sunk deep roots. Fr. Phuc is amazed at the rapid growth. "In the past 10 years, almost every year a new church is built. I can't keep track," he says. [...]

Of the six official religions recognized by Vietnam, Catholicism ranks second behind Buddhism. It has between 5 million and 7 million followers, concentrated mostly in the south, and is reportedly becoming more popular among young urban Vietnamese who are enjoying the fruits of the country's rapid economic growth.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 21, 2006 6:22 PM
Comments

An unfortunate family name for Father Peter, I'd think.

Posted by: obc at February 22, 2006 12:35 AM

We may be sure that there is a Western name which sounds like some foreign vulgarism. (come on, people!)

The significant thing is that they can't win forever; faith comes back. Think of the crosses going back up in the FORMER S0VIET UNION on the spires of reclaimed church buildings.

Just think what will happen when the grip of the spiritual jailhouse is broken.

Posted by: Lou Gots at February 22, 2006 6:38 AM
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