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Teachers in Vietnam told to inspire students

Bishop says young people should be given moral guidance and taught how to have a kind heart

November 21, 2016

A bishop in Vietnam has asked teachers to educate students to lead a good life and work for the common good on Teachers' Day.

"Teachers should inspire students to live a good life and do good things," said Bishop Joseph Dinh Duc Dao of Xuan Loc, head of the Episcopal Commission on Catholic Education of the Vietnamese Bishops' conference, in a letter to teachers throughout the country on Vietnam's Teachers' Day, Nov. 20.

Bishop Dao urged them to train students "to behave in moral and honest ways, act honestly and avoid doing wicked deeds."

He said that Jesus highlights the importance of small upright acts.

"Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much," he said.

To have honest attitudes and kind hearts to sympathize with the sufferings of mankind, Bishop Dao said that students need help from their teachers to train in human values in a society where people are depressed about cheats, corruption and injustice.

He said there is a great deal of pressure on students for them to study everyday days including Sundays that "they have little time to be with their families and fulfill their faith duties."

Bishop Dao wished society to be healthy and for all people to live in peace.

People can trust one another if people have kind hearts and upright attitudes, he added.

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