Initiatives to teach the doctrine and values ââof the Church have been undertaken in the Archdiocese of Hanoi. On August 8, representatives of local churches and districts participated in a âcatechism competitionâ in the parish of Canh Hoáº¡ch. Seven days earlier, 400 young people gathered for a congress on the occasion of the 11th anniversary of the youth association. Meetings were also held in Phá»§ LÃ½-Kim Báº£ng and Duy TiÃªn.
Hanoi (AsiaNews) – The catechism is an “indispensable tool for children to maintain and express their faith, in a society humiliated by the lack of educational policies and ethnic integration”, according to the cardinals, bishops and priests of northern Vietnam.
This part of the country has been under Communist ideological control for almost 90 years. In recent decades, consumerism and greed have compounded the problems of materialism and atheism. All of these ingredients produced crime, family breakdown and violence in society.
The emphasis is on young Catholics. In the Archdiocese of Hanoi, some initiatives have been taken to teach the doctrine and values ââof the Church.
On Palm Sunday (March 25), 30,000 people from each parish of the archdiocese participated in a Youth Congress, centered on âAs the Father has sent me, I also send youâ (Jn 20:21).
Card Peter Nguyá» n VÄn NhÆ¡n, Archbishop of Hanoi, chaired the event which strengthened the bond and communion between young people.
On August 8, a âcompetitionâ organized by the Catechism Committee of the Archdiocese of Hanoi was held in the parish of Canh Hoáº¡ch.
Churches and local districts were represented in a competition after participants were selected through a quiz (hÃ¡i hoa dÃ¢n chá»§) at the end of a period of study which has taken place in each parish from Lent.
On the occasion of the feast of Saint Alphonsus (August 1) and the 11th anniversary of the youth association, the parish of Canh Hoáº¡ch saw 400 young people participate in a congress, coming mainly from the parishes of PhÆ°Æ¡ng Trung, Canh Hoáº¡ch, Tháº¡ch BÃch, Cao Bá», ThÆ°á»£ng Lao, ÄÃ n Giáº£n and TÃ¢n Há»i.
Father John Baptist VÅ© VÄn TÃn, who was one of the conference participants, presented his analysis on “difficulties encountered in a life of faith”. Later, he led groups of young people in a pastoral process aimed at âstrengthening the faith of young people in the love of Godâ.
In order to stimulate the spirit of union between the young people of the Phá»§LÃ½-Kim Báº£ng district, around 500 young people from 13 local parishes took part on July 22 in the celebrations in honor of Saint Lawrence of Brindisi, on the theme “You are my witness”.
Six days later, 400 young people from the Duy TiÃªn district contributed to the celebrations of the 11th anniversary of the dedication of the parish of YÃªn Má»¹ (LÃ½ NhÃ¢n district) to Blessed AnrÃª PhÃº YÃªn (AndrÃ© de PhÃº YÃªn), a catechist and a Vietnamese martyr.
Father Francis LÃª Thanh Nghá», district chief, offered his testimony during a meeting with the young people on the theme “Love makes love” (TÃ¬nh YÃªu ÄÃ¡p Tráº£ TÃ¬nh YÃªu).