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Ethnic catechists bravely spread faith in Vietnamese villages

The government has banned evangelization but people are crying out for Catholic teaching

ucanews reporter, Kon Tum

ucanews reporter, Kon Tum

Updated: November 22, 2019 10:27 AM GMT
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Ethnic catechists bravely spread faith in Vietnamese villages

Catechists attend Eucharist adoration during the feast of St. Etienne-Théodore Cuenot at Kon Tum Cathedral on Nov. 14. (ucanews photo)

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Paul A Long has visitors at his home every day, quietly teaching them prayers and catechism.

“My visitors are those who want to embrace Catholicism, which is banned by the government,” said Long, a yao phu or catechist, adding that he also opened his doors to atheists.

“Many villagers really want to embrace Catholicism, so they secretly ask me to teach them catechism,” said the Sedang ethnic and father of seven. Now many of those families are Catholics too.

Long and his entire family, who are from Kon Plong district of Kon Tum province in the Central Highlands, were also secretly baptized by priests from other areas in 2015.

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