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Untold stories of Vietnam's converts to Catholicism

Catholics bring Christian values to people of other faiths by living out God's word and doing charitable work

UCA News reporter, Hue

UCA News reporter, Hue

Published: August 26, 2020 07:50 AM GMT

Updated: August 26, 2020 07:52 AM GMT

Untold stories of Vietnam's converts to Catholicism

Paul Nguyen Van Phuc leads a prayer attended by members of the Cursillo movement at a church in Hue on July 18. (Photo: UCA News)

John Nguyen Tuan, a retired military doctor, invites his friends to parties at his home at Christmas, Easter, Pentecost and his patron feast. They offer presents to one another and listen to hymns together.

Tuan encourages them to make donations and visit patients and people without relatives. He has given more than 50 copies of the New Testament to people as a way to introduce Catholicism to them.

The 69-year-old father said his two children embraced Catholicism and his wife, who works at a military hospital, will follow the religion after her retirement next year.

“I try to bring Christian values to people of other faiths and atheists by living out God’s word, loving and forgiving all people, and doing charitable work,” said the former Communist Party member.

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