Seminarians in Vietnam have visited and offered donations to flood victims and those suffering marine pollution in the country's central provinces as an expression of solidarity.
Some 165 seminarians and professors from St. Francis Xavier Major Seminary based in Nghe An province paid pastoral visits to three parishes in the provinces of Ha Tinh and Quang Binh on Nov. 26, according to major seminary officials.
Accompanying them were several Vietnamese-Australians from Catholic communities in Melbourne who also made donations.
Father Paul Nguyen Minh Sang of Phu Kinh parish with 1,200 Catholics said the October and early November floods inundated homes in 2-3 meters of water and washed away crops and property.
Seminarians and benefactors gave 280 households 500,000 dong (US$22) each and 250 million dong (US $11,000) to the parish for flood relief projects.
They also visited and offered money to people from Dong Yen and Con Se parishes. Local people there suffered both from the floods and marine pollution caused by a Taiwanese-built steel plant in April.
Catholic groups and congregations in Vietnam and Vietnamese Catholic communities abroad have been collecting clothes, food, medicine and money and sending them to victims in the two provinces.
People received gifts from seminarians and benefactors. (Photo courtesy of St. Francis Xavier Major Seminary)