Christmas in Thai Binh: medicine and spiritual support for more than 5,000 people with disabilities and leprosy – Malaysian Christian News

Posted: December 30, 2019 at 8:50 pm

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More than 5,600 people and more than 1,000 volunteers took part in the Christmas Congress organised by the local diocese. Almost 500 people with leprosy (Hansens Disease) were examined and received drugs for free. For Bishop Nguyen Van De, even with different faiths, humans have a common Creator and a paradise. Dec 29, 2019

By Ngoc Lan For Catholics in the Diocese of Thi Bnh, in the coastal province with the same name in northern Vietnam, the Christmas season provided an opportunity to renew their commitment to disabled people and people on the margins of society.

The local Church has been doing this via a number of initiatives that offer material and spiritual support, comfort, moments of sharing and medical assistance.

For the 18th consecutive year, the Diocese and its bishop, Mgr Phwro (Peter) Nguyen Van De, organised a Christmas Congress for the disabled on 14-16 December at the Bishoprics General House (Nha Chung) with the participation of over 5,600 disabled people and more than 1,000 volunteers.

In addition to Thai Binh, participants came from 100 social units or centres in other northern provinces like Nam Dinh, Hung Yen, Ninh Bnh, Thai Nguyen, Bac Ninh and Hai Duong.

On the first day, the medical staff (Catholic and non-Catholic doctors and nurses) provided free medical examinations and medicines to more than 500 leprosy patients. The volunteers came from H Noi, Ho Chi Minh City (Si Gn) and Thi Bnh, as well as the Diocese of Incheon, South Korea.

Mgr Mario Michiaki Yamanouchi, Bishop of Saitama (Japan), took part in the outreach. Children and young people from the local Diocese got patients involved in recreational, cultural and sporting activities over the other two days.

The latter culminated in a Mass celebrated by Mgr Nguyen Van De on 15 December, attended by other bishops, priests, religious and seminarians.

During the service, the assembled congregation recited a special prayer for those who are sick, disabled and suffering. Unlike other years, the faithful were able to listen to some "lessons on the Word of God given by the prelates.

In particular, Mgr Giuse (Joseph) Chau Ngoc Tri, Bishop of Cao Bang-Lang Son, stressed the importance God gave to humanity by sending his Son to earth.

Mgr Yamanouchi said he was very happy to attend the event organised by the local diocese. I wish Thai Binh and Saitama become more united in fraternal spirit.

Bishop Nguyen Van De summed up the experience of the Congress, saying: "We have been together, sharing joys and sorrows, preparing to celebrate Christmas.

We invite you, as well as those who do not have the same belief, to share Christmas, for we have a common paradise, a common Creator, a common earth and a common atmosphere whose air we breathe.

We have a lot in common. There are joys and sorrows in life. We also have parents and ancestors, as well as happiness, sadness and injustice in our life. So let us hope to have a peaceful and happy life.

Finally, he noted, Jesus came to earth to love and save us. You, brothers and sisters, should strongly believe that.--Asia News

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